05/31/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Parking Meters: Hassle For Drivers, Windfall For Mechanics

Chicago's parking meter mess was a headache for motorists and a political pain for Mayor Daley, but it's been a boon to the paychecks of city employees.

Five parking meter mechanics on the payroll of the city's Department of Revenue shared $103,221 worth of overtime last year to help an overwhelmed and understaffed Chicago Parking Meters LLC get ahead of the curve, records show.

Tens of thousands of dollars worth of additional overtime was paid to scores of other Revenue Department employees who assisted the concessionaire with maintenance, repairs, collections and security, records show.

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