Story by 89 WLS Reporter Bill Cameron
(CHICAGO) At City Hall, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has just announced some changes to Chicago's widely-hated parking meter contract.
Emanuel’s parking meter deal is not a solution and even he concedes it.
He’s persuaded the parking meter company to make Sundays free parking in the neighborhoods in exchange for adding an hour Monday through Saturday from 9 to 10 at night.
There’s also a pay-by-cell phone option with a 35-cent convenience fee. And he’s negotiated $40 million out of pending charges which he says will amount to a billion dollars of savings over the life of the contract.
But, the mayor says this does not solve Chicago’s parking meter problem.
“I’m trying to make a little lemonade out of a big lemon,” Emanuel said. “We can’t make this bad deal go away or make it into a good one. But I think we did make it a little less bad for the next seven decades.”
The terse mayor was would not take questions, but turned and left after reading his statement.
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