Former Senator Fitzgerald said many things about the gargantuan O'Hare Expansion and most have been proven correct. Among his assertions: United would never be able to fund the plan. Crain's story hints that he's right.
Some insiders say that with United Airlines just out of bankruptcy and American Airlines battered by record fuel prices, O'Hare's top carriers may have cooled on funding the project. "Their focus is elsewhere. They're fighting for survival," says David Schulz, director of the Infrastructure Technology Institute at Northwestern University.
Representatives of the carriers didn't return calls seeking comment.