Paid Sunday Parking May Return to Some Neighborhoods

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Victoria Coleman
    Chicago parking meter

    You may have to forget freebie Sundays when it comes to parking in certain Chicago neighborhoods.

    The Chicago Sun Times reports that Mayor Rahm Emanuel will introduce an ordinance in April that will restore parking to certain areas in Lakeview, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Portage Park.

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday it would have been politically easy to just blame the previous administration for the city's parking meter deal. Instead, he said Wednesday's passage of the revised contract helps ease the pain of the 75-year deal.

    Aldermen Scott Waguespack (32nd), Tom Tunney (44th) and John Arena (45th) are leading the push to overturn free Sunday parking in response to small business owners who complain about the lack of parking space turnover on one of their busiest days of the week.

    Free Sunday parking was part of Emanuel's renegotiation of the controversial parking meter deal, which exchanged free Sundays for extended paid parking hours in River North.

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    City Council passes the mayor's plan to alter the 70-year parking meter deal, despite opposition from some downtown aldermen. Charlie Wojciechowski reports.

    The three aldermen say the renegotiated deal allowed individual lawmakers to opt out for their individual ward, but complained City Hall was slow to respond, the Sun Times reports.