Parkers' Patience About to Expire

Drivers' fury over newly enacted parking meter fees is boiling over

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    Patience among Chicago drivers trying to park at the city's meters is about to run out.

    When Chicago's parking meters were privatized last month, the promise that Mayor Daley and City Council believed would be delivered was that the city would reap $1.2 billion to help solve budget woes while parking around the city proceeded efficiently.

    But the unintended consequences of privatization include skyrocketing rates, poor preparation of motorists and lousy execution by the private companies involved.

    And it all boils down -- as fury boils over -- to anger and frustration among drivers and talk of a boycott.