Shhhh — New 911 Center is a Secret

Facility being built at O'Hare is meant for use in terrorist attack

Apparently, it's a big secret, but the Sun-Times reports today that the city is building a backup 911 center  -- possibly two stories underground -- at O'Hare Airport.

Amid cloak-and-dagger secrecy, the Daley administration is building the facility to handle emergency calls if a terrorist attack or natural disaster damages Chicago's primary facility in the West Loop, City Hall sources told the paper Wednesday.

Sources said the backup facility will be located in an O'Hare building that houses the airport's communications nerve center.

While the project is so hush-hush that City Hall refused to talk about it, the Sun-Times shares details including the fact that the center is to be funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

That's good news, considering Chicagoans are still paying for the $217 million high-tech 911 center the city opened in 1995.

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