“In a sense; Yes. After the movie you have to leave, or your trespassing. Then the store can call the police to remove you for trespassing. If you resist arrest, it’s possible you may be shot. Nothing, wrong with that logic. The unfortunate part here is the person here probably didn’t know better and became a victim of circumstances.”
“The most expensive for downtown parking. Anywho, the rates were set 5 years ago when they did the contract. I don’t understand how people just noticed now?
Also, it’s still up in the air who will be the winner in this agreement down the road. There was no way the city could have raised the rates to where they are now so looking at current prices doesn’t give you the full picture. Plus they had to have hundreds of people on government contract and city employees to manage this office – who are all gone now, significantly cutting the cost to the city budget.”
Ninny Muggins on Jan 23, 2013 at 15:02:39
“The point is: a private corporation is making a profit off Chicago and Daley is being rewarded by that same cadre ”
“Those poor poor people with Airplanes. Seeing that I flew out of Meigs Field about a dozen times in my life and then now go to Northly Island a dozentimes a year - I'm all for it, instead of it sitting in committee for a dozen years as factions fight over it and in the end those with the most money win.”
“I think most people don't realize how bad of shape Chicago was in during the late 70's early 80's. 1,000 murder's was the norm, Downtown closed at 5 PM, even the area around Wrigley was dump where you had to watch your back. Take another view at Blues Brothers and My Bodyguard to get a glimpses of areas that were dumps back then and now are growing hot spots.”
themoosespeaks on Jan 23, 2013 at 12:53:03
“Exactly. Rich Daley's constituency wasn't the people of Chicago, it was the city itself. This is most evident downtown (Northery Island, Museum Campus, Millenium Park), but you can see it in the neighborhoods, too. He wanted Chicago to be a showcase of a beautiful, modern city, while never losing it's working-class roots. Was he political? Not so much as his Dad, but yeah. But he used his power more for Chicago than for himself.
As for Bill, he's much more low-key than big bro or dad. He generally spends more time behind the scenes than in the spotlight”
“Really?I highly doubt it’s the Dell computers – I would look at the IT department and what they are doing? I have dealt with dozens of computer manufactures's computers over the years and even built many a computer – in the end they all run just about the same, when given the same specs and software. The biggest difference and what matters the most is price and warranty.”
“We have been using Dell for my company for 10 years. I have no complaints. We buy around 100 desktop/notebook’s a year and anywhere from 100 to 200 Servers – from Blades to old Stand up’s. I am completely satisfied; no company I have talked to from HP to Independents could match their price let alone service. We mostly use Optiplex’s, Latitudes and PowerEdges and besides a few power supply’s on the old 620’s this line of computer are 99.9% problem free for 5 years. I was just retiring some of the old PowerEdge 1800’s we had – 6+ years old and not one issue for the Dozens we just retired.”
Tsar Bomba on Jan 14, 2013 at 16:47:05
“I agree. If you get 5 years of use you got your moneys worth. Stuff breaks no matter who makes it.”
Marcin A Mazurek on Jan 14, 2013 at 16:31:55
“Thats funny, because the systems that my college hoists on students via a laptop "suggestion" and for the library and classroom systems run slow as molasses, crash frequently, and have hardware problems within a year of purchase, their solution to any problem? Re-image it; fixing the symptom for a short while without dealing with the cause.
AT this point more incoming students have been warned to buy their own laptop than to deal with what Dell "offers" us.”
“Really, you must not of been taking the CTA in the 70’s and 80’s. These people are spoiled now; Computer Screen that show how far behind your train is, Brown Line with 8 Cars, you can now go from 95th to Howard on Red line without switching trains. Say what you will about the Red Line, but 20 years ago it was far worse in every way. Cards and Passes you just swipe instead of an old glass drop box that the Bus driver would try to count your money – remember the old paper bus passes that the bus driver had to punch out for a transfer, you even have spaces for your bicycles on both buses and trains – good times if you tell me.”
jebtry on Feb 13, 2013 at 10:13:41
“No, I took the CTA in the 90s when it was FAR BETTER than it is today.
And cards/passes? Mo' technology equals mo' problems.
De-magnetized, then you get to deal with crackerjack station employees, who refer you to the CTA HQ... because we don't give the CTA ENOUGH of our free time, NOW we get to commute out their HQ on our lunch breaks? no thanks.
...yeah sorry, I'm not in possession of a time machine. But AGAIN: there was a decade when the CTA functioned as it should.”
“When I lived on the North Side 8 years ago and pretty much relied on Public Transportation, I still never bought the monthly pass and neither did anyone I knew. With what you said plus day’s off, holidays, sometimes I would get another way home and other such things a monthly pass just wasn’t worth it; even 8 years ago before the last 2 price hikes.”
“They had a handgun ban, not a gun ban - you could still own a shotgun or rifle. But, that has been overturned also - so now you can have a hand gun in Chicago. On the other hand, the murder rate has gone up ever since they overturned the handgun ban - maybe it was working?”
BOSOLA on Jan 8, 2013 at 18:42:03
“I believe that almost all of the gun deaths in Chicago last year were with handguns.”
“Parking Meters were not a big money maker before this. First most were a quarter and any try to raise them was quickly met with political resistance. Second maintaining the parking meters, paying the people who do it plus all the other pension\medical\random stuff pretty much ate up all the money the parking meters produced.”
andyomall on Dec 28, 2012 at 15:43:45
“Yes, they are a big money maker, because if they weren't the market wouldn't have valued them at $1.2 billion with the expectation of making more. The fact that the city council didn't have the political will to increase the parking fees doesn't change that.
Not only that, but the reason why selling them off was dumb is because it forces the city to compete with the private company for revenue (the city might not charge as much for parking with the intent of maximizing the number of people who come to the city and spend money (and pay taxes). The private company doesn't care about that, so they will increase parking fees to maximize revenue (which means fewer users and less tax revenue for the city). I would wager the city did not include that in the price of the lease.”
“A quarter was a ridicules small amount – it enabled people to squat on spots for hours on end. $2 an hour is too much for some places yet almost too little for others. I admit a better plan would have been for the parking meters to change from $1 to $3 an hour based on usage and time of day.”
“The private firm really only has about 20 Parking Enforcement Agents, the city employs over 150 ticket agents on its own. Plus all ticket money goes to the city, I don't see why they would cut into their own money stream.”
“My info is a year or two old but the City of Chicago gets all the money for the ticket. There are something like 150 City Employees of the Parking Enforcement Agency and some Contractors who write most of the parking tickets. Also, city police write some tickets. The company CPM has about 20 people who write parking tickets and are given that ability under the Parking Meter Contract.”
“One thing it does show is Parking Meters rates were set far too low for far too long. On the other hand, as I have read - trying to raise parking meter rates was considered political suicide for decades. So although this private company is now making good bucks there is no way to know the city would have been able to do the same. So here we are....”