CHICAGO - With a new runway set to open as planned this fall at O'Hare International Airport under the $3.3 billion first phase of a major expansion plan, Chicago officials are struggling to keep construction of a second runway on track amid ongoing negotiations with airlines on future funding and as a public-private partnership is sought for a new terminal.

The city is on schedule to open in November the first new runway under the O'Hare Modernization Program, which calls for the reconfiguration of the airport's runways from an intersecting design to a parallel configuration and the addition of new runways. Once completed, the airport will have eight runways compared to seven now.

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