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Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Chicago Parking Meters LLC, Parasitic "Business"

Chicago Parking Meters LLC, Parasitic

Salon's Michael Lind fingers the Chicago parking meter deal as an example of income derived from an artificial monopoly. 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 »

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 7:44 PM
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By Diane Znamierowski & Lisa Balde
      

Mayor Orders Audit of Parking Meter Deal

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to make sure Chicago isn't paying more than it should for parking under the controversial long-term meter contract. Emanuel on Monday announced an independent audit to make sure parking... 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 »

Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 8:05 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Rahm Fights $50M Parking Meter Bill

Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to fight a huge bill it received from the company that runs Chicago's parking meters. Chicago Parking Meters LLC wants $22 million to cover parking for cars that displayed disabled... 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 »

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 at 5:36 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Mayor Fighting $13.5 Million Parking Bill

Mayor Fighting $13.5 Million Parking Bill

Chicago Parking Meters LLC says city owes for people who used disabled parking placards at metered spots. 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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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .
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