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Chicago Sued Over Parking Meter Privatization Deal

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's much-maligned parking meter lease deal is getting a fresh beating. The Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization, a ...

City Closed, But Parking Meters And Tickets Still In Full Effect

Parking Ticket Geek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Parking tickets will continue to be issued and city boot vans will still be busy booting eligible vehicles Monday, despite the entire City of Chicago ...

Keeping Score in Chicago Episode 19: A New Urban Terrorist in Chicago?

Mark Konkol and Todd Fooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Konkol and Todd Fooks

The Parking Ticket Geek tells about a growing parking meter revolt on the South Side and warns that a meter vigilante may be lurking in the shadows, plus the best place to watch Blagojevich's continued breakdown.

Two Arrested At Parking Meter Protest

Parking Ticket Geek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Two people protesting the installation of new parking pay boxes by LAZ Parking, were arrested this morning at around 9:30 AM in the 8900 block of sout...

Eric Zorn: The Good Things About The Parking Meter Deal

Chicago Tribune | Eric Zorn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Yes, I know there is much to dislike about the parking-meter deal in Chicago -- the city arguably didn't get its money's worth, prices have quadrupled...

Half Of Contested Parking Tickets Are Dismissed

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Only 10 percent of the approximately 2.8 million parking tickets issued each year in Chicago are contested. But of those contested, over half are dism...

New Parking Meters Wreaking Havoc On Motorcycles, Scooters

Parking Ticket Geek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's new Pay & Display parking payment kiosks, have put motorcycle and scooter riders in a sticky predicament....

City Council Holding Parking Meter Deal Hearings

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Aldermen who rushed to approve Mayor Richard Daley's controversial lease of the city's parking meter system today will hold a hearing to examine the d...

Help! I'm Being Nibbled to Death by Ducks

Dan Rosenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Dan Rosenthal

Our esteemed legislators in Springfield are getting their ducks in a row this week and when they're done, we'll be in for a nibbling like we never imagined.

City To Use Parking Meter Money To Help Plug Budget Deficit

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Daley administration will have to further dip into proceeds from the city's much-maligned parking meter lease to cover a budget shortfall that cou...

City Leased The Streets Along With Its Parking Meters: Study

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The deal to lease Chicago's parking meters to a private company has crippled the City's ability to make comprehensive transportation planning, a new r...

Chicago's Parking Meter Deal a Prescription For Trouble

David Orr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Orr

As taxpayers, it's high time we knew more: how many tickets are issued by ward, by neighborhood, by street. We should know why they are issued and who foots the bill, and, maybe, why a city with a billion dollar TIF surplus couldn't even balance its budget.

Parking Meter Protesters March On Alderman's Office

ChicagoNow | Parking Ticket Geek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Over 100 people, many wearing T-shirts the same bright orange color of a Chicago parking ticket, showed up to voice their frustrations with the parkin...

Scorned Parking Meter Company Hires College Kids To Tamper Driver Outrage

Chicago Sun-Times | FRAN SPIELMAN AND CAROL MARIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's beleagured parking meter contractor has enlisted reinforcements in the battle for the hearts and minds of angry motorists....

Parking Meter Debacle Stirring Complacent City Council

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's parking meter mess could be the tipping point that awakens the sleeping giant otherwise known as the City Council....

50 North Side Parking Meters Vandalized: Police

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago's parking meters have become targets of vandals. The city of Chicago agreed in December to a $1.15 billion deal to privatize ...

Keeping Score In Chicago Episode 12: Parking Torture

Mark Konkol and Todd Fooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Konkol and Todd Fooks

Fook and Konkol strike back with an interview with Chicago's own radio terrorist, Mancow Muller, who discusses his controversial waterboarding and take on the parking meters from hell.

Parking Meter Company Hires Ex-Governor As Controversy Over Deal Heats Up

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson said today that he and four other lawyers from the law firm of Winston & Strawn were hired this week by Morgan Stanl...

City Council Clashes Over Parking Meter Deal, Passes Privatization Review

Chicago Sun-Times | Fran Spielman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Under fire for giving quickie approval to the problem-plagued parking meter privatization that raised rates sky-high, the City Council agreed today to...

Inspector General Rips Parking Meter Deal In Report: City Could Have Gotten Nearly $1 Billion More

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The City of Chicago leased its parking meters for nearly $1 billion less than they were worth and the office in charge of valuing the meters didn't ev...

How Chicago's Parking Meter Deal Matters in Springfield

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

To question Daley is to question his love for the city and his omniscient ability to know what is best for it. Mr. Mayor, it's not about who has the franchise on love. Chicago's a big place, and a lot of people love it just as much as you do.

Parking Meter Breakdown Still Unexplained, Hacker Conspiracy Floated

ChicagoNow | Parking Ticket Geek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's been nearly a week since Chicago's "Massive Meter Meltdown" last Wednesday. Yet, the cause is still shrouded in mystery....

Attorney General Lisa Madigan Opens Investigation Into Chicago Parking Meter Deal

Chicago Reader | Mick Dumke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan has opened an investigation into the "transaction and implementation" of Chicago's parking meter privatization ...

Frustrated Daley Blames Computer Glitch For Parking Meter Problems

Chicago Sun-Times | FRAN SPIELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An admittedly "frustrated" Mayor Daley demanded Thursday that Chicago's embattled parking meter contractor shape up to prevent problems like the pay-a...

New Downtown Parking Meters Breakdown, Tickets Temporarily Suspended

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In the latest technological snafu to plague Chicago's troubled parking meter system, many of the newly-installed pay-and-display boxes in the downtown...