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Chicago Parking Meters

'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...

The Grey Lady: Chicago's Parking Meter Deal 'One Of The World's Best'

Posted 07.17.2013 | Chicago

By now, we should probably be accustomed to this sort of thing coming from the New York Times. But then again, there is a difference between a gra...

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...

City Council OKs Rahm's Controversial Parking Meter Deal

Posted 06.05.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago City Council voted Wednesday to approve a proposed rework of the city's controversial parking meter deal. The council voted 39-11 in fa...

Revised Parking Meter Deal Clears First Hurdle

The Expired Meter | Posted 06.03.2013 | Chicago

After four long days of hearings on proposed changes to the city’s reviled parking meter lease agreement, the renegotiated deal made it over its fir...

Springfield failure: Who's to blame? IL shrinks on cartoonist Stantis' business map; Rutherford's Mansion plan

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.03.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

THE BIG FAIL Who is to blame for last week's epic collapse in the Illinois General Assembly? Certainly there was some ego involved, as the two top Dem...

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...

Tweaked Parking Meter Deal Getting First City Council Hearing

Posted 05.24.2013 | Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed parking meter plan is about to get its first public hearing test. The Chicago City Council's Finance Committee is sla...

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 ...

Parking Meter Revenue Surged $30 Million Last Year

Posted 05.08.2013 | Chicago

With Chicago's City Council set to get another crack at the city's unpopular parking meter deal, a new report reveals that Chicago Parking Meters LLC,...

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 ...

New Year Rings In, New Fees Ring Up

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

As of January 1 in Chicago, it's out with the old and in with the new—fees that is. 2013 marks the start of a new crop of fees for Cook County r...

Rahm Calls For Outside Audit Of City's Parking Meter Deal

Posted 10.15.2012 | Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling for an outside audit of the city's unpopular -- and expensive -- parking meter deal. The audit is part of the mayor's...

Jason Linkins

Michael Bloomberg Is Mulling Doing Something Really Stupid With Parking Meters | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

As longtime readers may know, one of my favorite parts of Matt Taibbi's book "Griftopia" is the part where he describes how it came to pass that Chica...

City Now Owes $50 Million To Parking Meter Owners

Posted 05.24.2012 | Chicago

Surprise! The city's parking meter selloff continues to be the gift that keeps giving to -- or, more aptly, taking from -- Chicago taxpayers. The c...

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.

Rahm, Jesse White Support Crackdown On Free Disabled Parking

Posted 03.12.2012 | Chicago

Though they initially hesitated the measure, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White have now come around to a proposed crackdo...

Ron Dicker

CORPORATE WELFARE, NBA-STYLE: In Sacramento, Hocking Parking Spaces to Finance Arena | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

The Sacramento Kings are getting lots of attention in California's capital, but it hasn't been for their play. As of this writing, the Kings sat in la...

Chicago Parking Meter Rates To Rise In 2012

Posted 12.23.2011 | Chicago

Starting Jan. 1, 2012, Chicago parking meters are facing rate increases between 25 and 50 cents citywide. The rate adjustments will begin in the Lo...

Rahm's Latest Verdict: We're Stuck With The Meter Deal

Chicago Reader | Posted by Chicagopoetry1 | Posted 02.14.2012 | Chicago

Rahm Emanuel has benefited from the parking meter deal since he began campaigning for mayor last year. He knows Chicagoans hate it, so even though ...

Rahm: City Won't Pay Parking Meter Company's $13.5 Million Bill

Posted 12.14.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel lashed out Tuesday against a $13.5 million bill the city received from Chicago Parking Meters LLC concerning what the compa...

Rahm Pushes For Ads On City's Parking Pay Boxes, Trash Cans

Posted 01.09.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected on Wednesday to introduce another new revenue stream for the city: selling advertising space on the city's park...

The World’s Loneliest Parking Meters

The Expired Meter | Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago

Nostalgic types might consider it a sad day when the last of Chicago's old fashioned single head parking meters got replaced in late spring in a desol...

Innovative Pay-By-Cell Phone Parking Option Quietly Dies

The Expired Meter | Posted 09.26.2011 | Chicago

Just over four years after Chicago's Department of Revenue announced its ground breaking pay-by-phone, in-car parking meter program to great fanfare,...