Story by 89 WLS Bill Cameron
(CHICAGO) Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to save a billion dollars in the widely-hated parking meter deal was introduced at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, and it's already drawing criticism.
Part of the deal provides free parking in the neighborhoods on Sundays, in exchange for longer hours to feed the meters downtown. Just as the proposal went into the City Council hopper, downtown Alderman Brendan Reilly was crying foul.
“I’m not suggesting there’s anything wrong with free Sundays, but nothing’s free,” Reilly said. “You’re gonna pay for it somewhere. And if you’re somebody who lives in the neighborhood and you want to come downtown from time to time and take in a movie or go to dinner, you’ll be paying for that free Sunday parking.”
Also in the city council meeting, about a dozen school closing protesters shouted “hands off our schools,” but the aldermen ignored them and pressed on with a resolution honoring today’s 68th anniversary of V-E day.
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