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#ChiBudget 2014: The Calm Before the Pension Storm

Joe Moreno | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

This budget seems a little like the calm before the pension storm. Unless the state acts, and acts soon, the "pension bomb" explodes next year.

Audit: Metra Payout Unnecessary

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Patronage, clout, hush money, misuse of public funds... there are so many ways the events surrounding the departure of former Metra CEO Alex Clifford have exploded into the biggest Illinois scandal of the summer.

Chicago's Parking Meter Rates Will Soon Be Nation's Most Expensive

AP | Posted 12.27.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Chicago soon will have the nation's most expensive downtown parking meters. On New Year's Day, meters in the city's downtown Loop area wil...

Online Sales For Chicago City Stickers Start Monday

The Expired Meter | Posted 06.23.2012 | Chicago

Nearly a full month earlier than last year, starting Monday, Chicago drivers can purchase their annual city vehicle stickers online via the City Clerk...

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...

Chicago Motorist Wallets Will Suffer In New Year

The Expired Meter | Posted 02.27.2012 | Chicago

When local governments are broke, motorists should hide their wallets. Car owners always seem to be the fall guys when local governments can't balance...

Parking Meter Firm Bills City Another $2.1 Million

The Expired Meter | Posted 02.18.2012 | Chicago

While Chicago's infamous parking meter lease deal quietly celebrated its third anniversary the first week of December, the city was releasing document...

Freshman Student Wins City Sticker Design Contest

The Expired Meter | Posted 02.12.2012 | Chicago

While just a freshman, Herbert Pulgar, a student from Lawrence Hall Youth Services walked away as the winner of Chicago's 2012-2013 city sticker desig...

Ticket Writer Charged With Taking Bribe To Make Parking Ticket ‘Disappear’

The Expired Meter | Posted 01.28.2012 | Chicago

The wheels of justice move very slowly. While the Chicago Sun-Times' gossip columnist Michael Sneed is reporting about Parking Enforcement Aide Jam...

Is It Time To End Free Metered Parking For The Disabled?

The Expired Meter | The Expired Meter | Posted 11.18.2011 | Chicago

Why don't the handicapped have to pay to to park at parking meters? I've wondered this for years. Illinois law has allowed motorists with handic...

City Hall Eyes Crackdown On Handicapped Parking Abuse

Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago officials say they are preparing to take the misuse of disabled parking passes a lot more seriously going forward. Karen Tamley, commission...

City Clerk Rejects Mayor's Proposed City Sticker Fee Hikes

The Expired Meter | Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago

Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza doesn't want to see an increase in the fees for Chicago city vehicle stickers. She even campaigned against raisin...

Parking Spot Website Wins Apps For Chicago Contest

The Expired Meter | Posted 10.30.2011 | Chicago

SpotHero's Mark Lawrence is pumped. "We were unbelievably excited," says Lawrence. "We've been really working hard on this full time and it really ...

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,...

Survey Says: Chicago Parking Pricey, But New York's Still Worse

Posted 09.07.2011 | Chicago

While it would be difficult to ignore that Chicago's parking rates leave quite a wallet dent, it turns out the city has been outpaced by several other...

In-Person Chicago City Sticker Sales Begin Today

The Expired Meter | Posted 08.01.2011 | Chicago

It's time to wait in line again. In other words Chicago drivers, today's the first day of Chicago city sticker season. Every June 1st, Chicago's $7...

Buy Your 2011 City Stickers Early, Starting Today

The Expired Meter | Posted 07.20.2011 | Chicago

The City Clerk's website is officially open for online city sticker sales, nearly a week earlier than last year and nearly two weeks before in-person ...

City Sticker Prices Could Go Up Again, Unless You Drive Green

Posted 06.13.2011 | Chicago

That annual trip to the Currency Exchange to pay $75 for a sticker might seem painful enough as it is. But a new proposal in the City Council could hi...

Street Cleaning Season Begins: How To Avoid Parking Tickets

The Expired Meter | Posted 06.01.2011 | Chicago

Street cleaning season in Chicago officially kicks off this Friday, April 1st. While parking tickets are frustrating, perhaps the most annoying par...

Alderman Fights To Extend Expired Meter Grace Period

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With just a few weeks before Mayor Daley's five minute grace period for expired meter violations quietly sunsets on April 1st, 32nd Ward Alderman Scot...

Put Away The Lawn Chairs: City Says Dibs Are Done

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It was a sight as familiar as the snow itself to any veteran of Chicago winters: the carefully dug-out parking spaces after the massive blizzard, occu...

Free Parking At Chicago Meters, But For How Long?

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) announced Saturday afternoon that the parking enforcement stoppage due to the blizz...

City Stops Writing Parking Tickets Due To Blizzard's Aftermath

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While the city has not made it public, the Department of Revenue has halted all parking enforcement until this coming Monday due to the blizzard and i...

City Tows 215 Vehicles On First Night Of Parking Ban

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While the city slept, a fleet of city tow trucks prowled the streets on the first night of Chicago's winter overnight parking ban. Unfortunately fo...