O’Hare Airport [photo by cseeman on Flickr]

At more than $1.3 billion, the projected costs of operating O’Hare and Midway airports represent one of the largest budgets of any city department. But the Chicago Department of Aviation’s budget barely surfaced as a source of discussion on Friday, as aldermen spent most of a nearly two-hour hearing asking department Comm. Jamie Rhee about pandemic safety, upcoming capital projects and the department’s approach to diversity in hiring.

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