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Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Extended Parking Meter Hours Start Two Weeks Early

Extended Parking Meter Hours Start Two Weeks Early

Longer weekday meter hours and free Sunday parking in most Chicago neighborhoods start two weeks early as part of a new deal with the private company that owns the city's meters, the mayor's office announced. Read »

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 »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 7:50 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Committee OKs Revised Parking Meter Deal

Two Chicago aldermen challenged the city's revised deal with the private company that manages the city's parking meters, the aldermen declared at the City Council's finance committee meeting Monday. 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 »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Reilly, Emanuel 'Agree To Disagree' On Parking Changes

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday to discuss changing a new parking meter deal that would cost drivers more in River North. Reilly said he is very opposed to the neighbohood... 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 »

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Anthony Ponce

New Deal: Free Sunday Parking, Extended Weekday Hours

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that Chicago will get a parking break on Sundays, but there's a catch. In return parking costs will be extended to 10 p.m. during the week in blocks where metered parking ends... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

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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.

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Ed Burke

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