A DuPage County Circuit Court judge this week issued an order stalling any demolition of homes by Chicago to make way for a new runway at O’Hare International Airport as part of a $7.5 billion expansion plan. The order came as suburban opponents said they would appeal the court’s ruling last week that lifted a temporary injunction that halted the demolition.
The village of Bensenville said it would file an appeal within the next 30 days. Judge Kenneth Popejoy last week lifted the injunction against demolition of about 500 homes. He first imposed it last summer to allow for an environmental study on the public health hazards Bensenville officials had argued would result if demolition were permitted. While the study failed to show sufficient toxins and other hazards existed to stem demolition, the village believes a more detailed assessment is needed.