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Chicago Parking Meter Privatization

'We Will Not Have Another Parking Meter Deal in This City'

Donald Cohen | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

When our leaders put short-term budget relief above the long-term public interest by handing over control of public services and assets to the private sector, too often the public foots the bill for too little in return.

How One Neighborhood Is Fighting 'Aggressive' Parking Ticketing

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Robert Herguth/BGA and Dane Placko/FOX 32 | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the Better Government Association: Call it the parking meter squeeze. Residents and businesses in Chicago's Edison Par...

Free Sunday Parking Starts Early (This Week!) In 12 Wards

Posted 06.14.2013 | Chicago

Free Sunday parking is hitting 12 Chicago wards a full two weeks earlier than expected. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's revamped deal that would bring free S...

Alderman Still Not Sold On Rahm's Parking Meter Plan

Posted 05.29.2013 | Chicago

Two days into hearings on Rahm Emanuel’s revamped parking meter plan, several Chicago aldermen are still skeptical the mayor's proposal is a good de...

Rahm's Parking Deal Catches Flack As Some Aldermen Push Back

Posted 05.10.2013 | Chicago

Chicago's City Council has a long track record of falling in lock-step with the mayor's agenda, but Rahm Emanuel's recently renegotiated city parking ...

Big News For City With Nation's Highest Parking Meter Rates

Posted 04.29.2013 | Chicago

In the city's ongoing efforts to put more lipstick on the pig that is Chicago's parking meter deal, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday City Hall had ...

Zach Carter

VIDEO DISCUSSION: New Trend Puts America On Sale | Zach Carter | Posted 07.06.2012 | Business

With cities across America on the verge of financial ruin, local governments face two decisions. Like Stockton, California, they can file for bankrupt...

Fool Us Twice? The Peril of Rahm Emanuel's Public Private Partnerships

Donald Cohen | Posted 07.01.2012 | Chicago
Donald Cohen

Chicago knows from experience how partnerships can sour. Emanuel's Infrastructure Trust, if done right, could be a new model for rebuilding urban infrastructure. Done wrong, it'll be just another hand off of public assets to private control.

Don't Trust the Infrastructure Trust

Tom Tresser | Posted 06.02.2012 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

Mayor Emanuel wants us to trust him with the future of all of Chicago's public assets.

Daley Joining Law Firm He Previously Hired For Meter Deal, Other Privatization Work

Chicago Reader | Heather Kenny | Posted 08.01.2011 | Chicago

Katten Muchin Rosenman, a law firm that the city has paid more than $1.2 million for work on privatization deals and other matters since 2005, announc...

Wicker Park To Protest Parking Meter Deal On Sunday

The Expired Meter | Posted 07.07.2011 | Chicago

Better late than never? Despite the fact that Chicago's parking meter lease is now well into its third year, a protest against the deal is planned ...

As Federal Dollars Dry Up, City Cutting 4,000 Summer Jobs For Teens

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Four thousand fewer teens will have gainful employment through the City of Chicago this summer, as federal stimulus dollars for a flagship city progra...

Can Chicago Get Out of Its Parking Meter Lease?

Aaron Renn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Aaron Renn

Could Chicago in fact get out of the parking meter deal? Possibly, though it's a long shot. But it's imperative that the next mayor at least take a run at it.

WATCH: Man Gets Ticket While Putting 20 Quarters Into Parking Box

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If Chicagoans weren't angry enough about the new $5 per hour meter rates downtown, they might be after watching one of the poor souls paying the steep...

Former IG: City Can't Afford To Cancel Parking Meter Deal

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Perhaps the biggest albatross hanging on the neck of Chicago's outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley is the controversial deal he negotiated to privatize th...

Parking Meter Rates Jump January 1: Downtown Rates Highest In Nation

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's almost that time of the year again. No, not Christmas or New Year's, but parking meter rate increase season. It was three years ago this month w...

20 Parking Meter Boxes Stolen: 200-Pound Boxes Missing

Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago Real Estate Blog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's one thing for motorists to vandalize Chicago parking meters to vent their anger over the steep schedule of rate hikes tied to the 75-year, $1.15 ...

Still No Word From Illinois Attorney General On Meter Lease Deal Investigation

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It was May of 2009. That's when Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan opened a consumer fraud investigation into the Chicago parking meter lease d...

In The Public Interest: Parking Privatization: A (Cautionary) Tale of Two Cities

Alana Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alana Miller

Today, the Pittsburgh City Council decisively voted to kill a proposed privatization of its parking meters and public garages, a quick fix that would ...

Chicago To New York: Don't Sell Your Meters So Fast

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With Mayor Daley's retirement imminent, many in Chicago -- including a fair number of his prospective heirs -- have praised the accomplishments of his...

Outrage Aside, Drivers Fuel High Parking Meter Profits

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Thanks to revenue largely generated in the city's outlying neighborhoods, cash flow to the private company running the city's parking meter system is ...

In The Public Interest : Learn From Chicago's Mistakes

Celeste Meiffren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Celeste Meiffren

It may be too late to undo parking meter privatization in Chicago, but it's clear that the Chicago way shouldn't be the model for selling taxpayer-owned assets.

Mayor Daley's Parking Meter Deal Gets Ensnarled in Illinois State Senate Race

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

It may be the dog days of summer, but one local state senate campaign is taking no holiday. Democratic state senate candidate John Mulroe is already launching his first political attack of the general election.

Parking Meters: Hassle For Drivers, Windfall For Mechanics

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

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 employee...

Alderman Hairston Goes To Pittsburgh: Warns City About Parking Meter Deal

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Alderman Leslie Hairston (5th) was out of her Chicago office Thursday. Ms. Hairston decided to spend the day in, of all places, Pittsburgh. The ...