By Sandra Torres, nbcchicago.com
The City of Chicago is in the final stages of negotiations on an $8.5 billion overhaul of O’Hare International Airport, according to multiple reports.
The expansion would be the airport’s largest ever, adding a state-of-the-art global terminal, as well as dozens of new gates and additional concourses, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The deal comes as the airlines near the end of a 35-year lease in May. Emanuel is seeking to leverage that expiration to obtain higher fees from carriers that would in turn finance the project, according to the Tribune, and construction would not be paid for with tax dollars.