Parking Meter Vote: Aldermen Given Copies Of Ordinance Just Minutes Before Vote

01/04/2009 05:12 am 05:12:01 | Updated May 25, 2011

Wednesday's meeting of the City Council's Committee on Finance had a single item on the agenda: consideration of an ordinance that would give a private company 75 years of profits from Chicago's parking meters for $1.17 billion in cash.

But more than 10 minutes of the meeting passed before a couple of aldermen interrupted testimony from city officials to ask if they could have copies of the ordinance [PDF].

It's fair to say that the administration wants quick approval of the deal. And the council appears to be ready to do its part--the committee sent the ordinance to the full council even though even many of its usual go-along-to-get-mine members felt pushed around, taken for granted, and, perhaps worst of all, politically exposed.

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