Now, now Hartsfield read the first part of my statement : "As for easier connections, well it's the luck of the draw no matter which way you go". Please read and comprehend before you go off on a tirade. I was stating that either airport could be treacherous or easy depending on each individual circumstance, therefore the apples versus oranges comparison.
In a later response you stated that "(ATL) was in 2nd place the whole time O'Hare was in first". Well...not quite.
Total Operational Movements in thousands
1991 ORD 813 - DFW - LAX - ATL 589
1992 ORD 845 - DFW - LAX - ATL 622
1993 ORD 859 - DFW - LAX - ATL 671
1994 ORD 882 - DFW - ATL 709
1995 ORD 900 - DFW - ATL 762
1996 ORD 910 - DFW - LAX - ATL 761
1997 ORD 935 - DFW - ATL 793
1998 (O'hare slot control kicks in) DFW 930 - ORD 897 - ATL 847
1999 ATL 910 - ORD 897
2000 ATL 913 - ORD 909
2001 ORD 912 - ATL 887
Remember that I also look at it from an air traffic controllers point of view. Forget about future ORD plans, it's amazing how many planes they push in and out of ORD today given it's physical constraints. It's widely known in the ATC community that if you're a young gun that wants to test himself and push his own limits then you try to transfer to Chicago, New York or SoCal TRACON, and if you want to make the big bucks for working alot of traffic without working too hard then you try to get to ATL, DFW or DEN.
(if you want the big bucks for working alot of traffic AND you want to get your teeth kicked in on a daily basis then you go to Cleveland Center or Indianapolis Center)