Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday announced the 10-year construction of a cargo center at the airport. The project is expected to create more than 11,000 permanent jobs. Mary Ann Ahern reports.
Thousands of new jobs are flying to O'Hare International Airport.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday announced the 10-year construction of a cargo center at the airport. The project is expected to create more than 11,000 permanent jobs.
The new O'Hare Northeast Cargo Center also will make O'Hare home to one of the world's largest cargo hubs.
"Others will see a city on the move," Emanuel said.
With City Council approval, the first phase of the project would open in 2013 and the finish hub would open by 2020. According to the mayor's office, the 11,000 jobs -- 10,000 regionally and 1,200 at the facility -- will have been created after all three phases of the hub are completed.
"I think [the Chicago City Council] will come to the same conclusion I have for this announcement, which is the opportunity of creating an air cargo capacity for the city of Chicago as an international gateway airport to compliment what we do on the commuter side," said Emanuel.
Emanuel marks his first year Wednesday as Chicago mayor.