Midway Control Tower Spared Overnight Closure

Midway's tower was on a list of 72 air traffic control facilities where overnight shifts could be scrapped as a result of budget cuts

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    A U.S. congressman says the air traffic control tower at Chicago's Midway International Airport no longer faces possible overnight closure under federal budget cuts.

    Midway's tower had been on a list of 72 air traffic control facilities where overnight shifts could be scrapped as a result of budget cuts forced upon the Federal Aviation Administration under sequestration.

    U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, a Democrat representing parts of Chicago, has urged the FAA for months to pull Midway off the list.

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    He said in a statement Tuesday night that the agency will now keep Midway tower open.

    An FAA spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

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    Last month, Congress approved legislation freeing up funds that could help keep control towers open. The legislation also ended FAA staff furloughs.