Controversial Move by Chicago Mayor: Homeless Individuals Asked to Leave O’Hare Int. Airport

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“We absolutely, fundamentally cannot have people sleeping in our airports who are homeless,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said this week.

The mayor made the comments as she takes steps to remove homeless people from O’Hare International Airport. As CBS 2’s Marissa Perlman reported Friday night, homeless advocates are wondering where all those people will end up.

But in Terminal 1, they are gone. Near baggage claim in the terminal at 10 p.m. on any given night, you would typically see dozens of homeless community members taking shelter from the cold. Just two weeks ago, homeless people were seen sleeping on heating grates and crowding the terminal.

But the overnight hours this past Monday, there was not one homeless person in sight.

The photos of homeless people sleeping and on heater vents, using the terminal to dry their clothes, and trashing airport bathrooms were sent to CBS 2 by custodial workers who shared they have been harassed and followed by some of the homeless staying at O’Hare during their late-night shifts.

“None of feel safe,” custodial worker Vonkisha Chatman told CBS 2’s Perlman on Friday, Feb. 3.

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