O'Hare Airport

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Workers at O'Hare International Airport are expected to walk off the job today over union rights and an hourly wage of $15.  

About 500 workers are committed to the strike. The group includes baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors, and wheelchair attendants. 

The workers are employed by private contractors, and strike leaders say many work for minimum wage.  The group hopes to organize under Service Employees International Union Local 1.  

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About 500 workers at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago say they'll strike Tuesday, Nov. 29, after the Thanksgiving holiday.  

"O'Hare Airport" by Flickr User Dave Sizer / (CC BY 2.0)

American Airlines is adding five new gates to O'Hare International Airport as part of the Chicago airport's first major expansion in nearly a quarter-century.

The airline and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced the expansion Sunday. It's the first such expansion at O'Hare since Terminal 5 was built in 1993.

The new gates are slated to open by 2018.

The agreement follows an announcement last week of a new O'Hare runway that will open in 2020. Construction on that $1.3 billion project is set to begin in May.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says 5,000 jobs will be created out of a newly-minted $1.3 billion deal to build the final runway in the overhaul of O'Hare International Airport.

The agreement between the city, United Airlines and American Airlines was announced on Saturday.

Construction is set to begin in May with the new runway opening in 2020. Emanuel touted the deal Sunday.

For years, Chicago has been untangling O'Hare's six crisscrossing runways and rearranging them in a safer and more efficient layout.

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The number of guns found in carry-on bags at O'Hare International Airport declined, falling from 20 in 2014 to 16 last year.

Meanwhile, Chicago's Midway International Airport rose from six in 2014 to 16 last year.

The Transportation Security Administration released figures yesterday.

Nationwide, firearm discoveries at airport security checkpoints rose nearly 20 percent in 2015 to hit a record 2,653. Nearly 83 percent of them were loaded.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport saw the biggest number. Screeners there intercepted 153 guns last year.

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