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Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski and Alexandria Fisher

City Council Passes Parking Meter Plan

The City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's revised deal with the private company that manages the city's parking meters. Read »

Friday, May 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski

City Defends Proposed Parking Meter Plan to Committee

The proposed new adaptation of Chicago's parking meter deal made an appearance Friday during the first public hearing on the topic. Though the city asked that top officials of Chicago Parking Meters LLC attend... Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Read Alderman Scott Waguespack's Parking Meter Questions

Read Alderman Scott Waguespack's Parking Meter Questions

You're not alone. Many alderman have questions about the multi-decade agreement that give up billions in revenue to a management company. Read »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:18 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Aldermen: Mayor's Parking Deal Doesn't Add Up

Several Chicago aldermen are taking a close look at Mayor Rahm Emanuel's revised deal with the private company that manages the city's parking meters and wondering aloud if it's the best deal the city can get. Read »

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 2:33 AM
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By Dick Johnson

Alderman Looking at Bonds to Buy Back Parking Meters

Ald. Brendan Reilly (2nd) acknowledged Monday that he's been meeting with municipal bond experts in hopes the city could buy back the meters leased to Chicago Parking Meters LLC four years ago under former Mayor... Read »

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 10:34 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Company's 2012 Parking Revenue Still Unknown

According to the 2008 contract between the City and Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the amount people paid to park in 2012 has to be turned over to the city by April 30 of every year. A city spokeswoman says the... Read »

Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 2:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: New Year's Day Should Be No-Parking Day

Opinion: New Year's Day Should Be No-Parking Day

For the fourth year in a row, Chicago Parking LLC is raising rates on parking meters. An hour that cost 25 cents before the city sold the parking concession for $1.15 billion in 2008 will now cost $2. Parking in... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 at 7:42 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Donors Pick Up NATO Parking Tab

Donors Pick Up NATO Parking Tab

Private donors will foot the bill for the hefty parking bill sent to the city after the NATO summit. Read »

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Mayor Pushes Back on Parking Meter Debt

The company that runs Chicago's parking meters says the city owes $14 million, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel says differently. Mary Ann Ahern explains.

Friday, Apr 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Abu Dhabi Hustle

The Abu Dhabi Hustle

Would the City Council have approved the parking meter deal if it had know the real buyer was an oil-rich Arab monarchy? Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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