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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Emanuel All Talk, No Action On Parking Meter Deal

He’s full of crap.
That is essentially the conclusion the Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke comes to about Rahm Emanuel’s position on the parking meter lease deal in a recent piece.
As you probably know, Emanuel has recently been very outspoken about the nearly $50 million in bills Chicago Parking Meters, LLC has sent the city for over use of disabled parking and for meter closures for the past two years.
He’s very publicly and brashly denounced the bills and says he won’t pay them. Unfortunately for the Mayor, there’s this teeny tiny obstacle to his stance. It’s called a contract.
You remember. That several hundred page document the city paid a big time law firm nearly $700,000 to draft and/or review before former Mayor Daley signed it thus giving away right the parking meters for 75 years. If you go by the contract, CPM has every right to claim the compensation it asks for.
But as Dumke points out, while Emanuel has been publicly against the lease deal, city attorneys have been defending the meter lease deal in court.
You see, back in 2009, the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization filed a lawsuit claiming the meter deal was illegal and the contract should be torn up.

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