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City owes feds $6 million in airport snow-removal suit, judge rules

Updated: March 25, 2013 1:41PM



A federal judge says the city of Chicago must reimburse the federal government for around $6 million in airport snow-removal costs after major winter storms in 1999 and 2000.

The ruling posted by U.S. District Judge Charles Norgle in Chicago Monday sided with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in a long-running dispute over who should pay.

The city claims it had the right to dip into federal emergency funds pay to clear runways at O’Hare and Midway international airports, in part, because they’re national hubs.

The city says the storms were extraordinary and justified the use of federal money.

But FEMA argued the city should have used a regular maintenance fees paid by airlines instead.

A message left for the city’s law department Monday wasn’t immediately returned.



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