O'Hare Airport

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The head of security at Chicago's airports has been fired, just two weeks after a passenger was dragged from a United Airlines plane by security officers at O'Hare International Airport.

The Department of Aviation said in a statement Thursday that Jeffrey Redding, the department’s deputy commissioner of security, “has been terminated from his duties” at O'Hare and Midway airports. No reason was given.

A Northern Illinois University professor was one of the hundreds of demonstrators at O’Hare International Airport last weekend. The protests were against President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions against people from majority-Muslim countries.

NIU education professor Joseph Flynn says he saw many walks of life take part in the O’Hare Airport demonstrations – including several different races and creeds and members of the LGBTQ community.

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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.  

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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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