Chicago's Fine For Meigs Comes Due

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The FAA last year fined the city of Chicago $33,000 for its destruction of Meigs Field, and now it is time to pay up. On Aug. 31, the FAA notified the city that the fine is due in 15 days, unless a hearing is requested. The FAA is also investigating whether the city improperly used $1.5 million in federal funds to demolish the lakefront airport, The Chicago Tribune reported last week. That money was derived from grants and airline passenger taxes and was supposed to be used for repairs at O'Hare Airport. The FAA could order the city to repay the money or impose penalties of up to $4.5 million, the Tribune said.