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Alderman Gets Heated Defending Parking Meter Deal: 'It's None Of Your Damn Business' (VIDEO)

Huffington Post   First Posted: 09/20/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:55 PM ET


WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" assembled a panel to discuss the the lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization that seeks to have the city's 75-year-, $1.15 billion parking meter lease deal declared illegal.

The panel pitted Ald. Berny Stone (50th), the deal's sole defender, against IVI-IPO attorney Clint Krislov and the Reader's Mick Dumke, whose reporting on the deal has been central to debunking the city's arguments for its success. Cordial it was not, as this exchange, noted by Progress Illinois' Angela Caputo, shows:

During the heated segment, Stone attempted to brush off a series of reports -- including an investigation by Inspector General David Hoffman's office -- exposing how taxpayers were shortchanged by the deal. [...] After Stone dismissed Hoffman's report as "worthless," Dumke asked the alderman, "What research did you do?" Stone's response: "It's none of your damn business."