The FAA maximum fine for closing an airport without ample notice increased from $33,000 to $10,000 per day in response to Mayor Daley closing Meigs Field overnight.

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On March 30, 2003, heavy equipment dug trenches in the shape of X's on the runway, effectively shutting it down to all operations. Daley had ordered the move without giving notice to the FAA or based tenants.

A park on Northerly Island, the site of ol' Meigs Field, is in the works, slated for completion around 2015.