Chicago received clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration last week to use $182 million in passenger facility charges collected on airline tickets to finance design work on new and expanded runways and a western terminal that are part of the later phases of the $7.5 billion expansion at O’Hare International Airport.

The airport’s major airlines so far have signed off on paying only for the first phase for $3.3 billion that is now underway. The cash-strapped airlines have raised questions over the need for the western terminal.

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