WBEZ | parking meters http://www.wbez.org/tags/parking-meters Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel orders audit of parking meter deal http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-orders-audit-parking-meter-deal-103126 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/4351982531_47d6fdb28e_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago&nbsp;Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an independent audit of the city&#39;s 75-year, $1.15 billion parking meter deal.</p><div><p>In a news release Monday, Emanuel says he&#39;s ordering the audit to make sure that long-term contracts to manage the city&#39;s assets are being managed properly.</p><p>The audit will look at the agreement with&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Parking Meters LLC to make sure the company&#39;s revenue collections match the number of parking meters used around the city. The city says consultants will begin the audit in November.</p><p>Emanuel inherited the parking meter agreement, which the City Council approved under former Mayor Richard Daley in 2008.</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s a bad deal for the city of Chicago,&quot; Emanuel said at a press conference on Monday. &quot;It should not have been done. Given that it&rsquo;s done, I don&rsquo;t want a bad deal to get worse.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel&#39;s office says the city also plans audits of the city&#39;s leases of the&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;Skyway and lakefront parking garages.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-orders-audit-parking-meter-deal-103126 Chicago, meter company bicker over $14 million http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-meter-company-bicker-over-14-million-100574 <p><p>The bickering continues between the city of Chicago and the company running its parking meters.</p><p><a href="http://trib.in/OTrjJB">The Chicago<em> Tribune</em>&nbsp;reports</a> the dispute is over out-of-service parking spots, with Chicago Parking Meters threatening to go to mediation over more than $14 million the company says the city owes it.</p><p>The company says it lost the money during a nine-month period that ended late last year because of street closings, construction and other reasons.</p><p>But Mayor Rahm Emanuel says it doesn&#39;t make sense to write a check before the city analyzes the data to determine if it owes the $14.2 million as the company contends.</p><p>That money is part of nearly $50 million that the company has billed the city since Emanuel took office. Emanuel has refused to pay.</p></p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 08:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-meter-company-bicker-over-14-million-100574 Chicago gets $22 million bill from parking meter company http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-gets-22-million-bill-parking-meter-company-99509 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/parking%20meter%20flickr%20kymberly%20janisch.jpg" style="height: 416px; width: 620px;" title="(Flickr/Kymberly Janisch)" /></div><p>The company running Chicago&#39;s parking meters is hitting the city with another large billing, this time for $22 million to cover a year of free parking for vehicles with disability placards.</p><p><a href="http://trib.in/KRnIEY">Documents obtained by the Chicago <em>Tribune</em> show</a> the latest bill was sent May 17 by Chicago Parking Meters LLC. It&#39;s part of nearly $50 million that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is refusing to pay.</p><p>Former Mayor Richard Daley got the City Council to approve the 75-year contract that gave the company control of Chicago&#39;s parking meters. In return, the city got a one-time payment of $1.1 billion.</p><p>Since Emanuel took office last year, he has been clashing with the company over the contract details.</p><p>The deal is deeply unpopular in part because it has resulted in increased meter rates.</p></p> Thu, 24 May 2012 08:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-gets-22-million-bill-parking-meter-company-99509 Morning parlor game: What was the suspicious package in Zuccotti Park? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-15/morning-parlor-game-what-was-suspicious-package-zuccotti-park-94050 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-15/AP111115127685.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-15/AP111115127685.jpg" style="width: 512px; height: 315px;" title="As hard as they spray, it just won't come out (AP) "></p><p>I woke up to the news that the NYPD dropped the hammer last night and removed the protesters and arrested 150 people from Zuccotti Park. Wall Street is no longer occupied. But not so fast says a court order. A court (don't know which one) ordered that the protesters could return with tents if they choose to do so. Protesters did return to the park this morning sans tents, but were evacuated again because of a suspicious package. My guesses at what the package was: 1) New drum 2) Latrine 3) Block of weed.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/">New York Times is doing a great job this morning covering the breaking news</a>. I mean, if you like typos! C'mon Grey Lady, the whole world is watching..</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="128" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-15/NYTimes-everysince-final.jpg" title="Every since? C'mon NYT. Typos is my beat. " width="522"></p><p>A similar story came out of Oakland, where police raided and removed protesters from their camp in front of City Hall. No word on courts there, which probably don't open til 8am. So what does this mean for Occupy Chicago? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/occupy-chicago-planning-cold-weather-ahead-93995">They have already given up on the idea of occupying Grant Park</a>. They also soured on the idea of creating some sort of tent city. The new plan is to move indoors for the winter. That announcement should be coming soon. But they may want to make that announcement faster than anticipated because other big city mayors have set precedent. It seems it would not be out of public favor to evict Occupy Chicago from LaSalle Street now.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: We here at WBEZ would like to challenge our local media counterparts. It's a 10 day challenge: How many times can you say the phrase 'Black Friday' before 'Black Friday?' Winner gets Mark Saxenmeyer.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Front &amp; Center has a great piece today: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/food-tourism-sparks-regional-businesses-94041">Could the Great Lakes be the next foodie mecca</a>? I dunno, is there a West Loop in Michigan?</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/recession-worsens-shortage-affordable-rental-housing-94045">Ashley Gross has a good story about affordable rental units in Chicago</a>. DePaul did a study saying there really isn't any. Which might be the worst kept secret in Chicago. Is there anyone who lives here who actually has a two bedroom under a grand? I remember when I first moved to Chicago. It was 1993 and I was in a three bedroom for $650 at the corner of Roscoe and Damen. Is that still avail?</p><p><strong>E story</strong>: <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-ctu-president-apologizes-to-arne-duncan-over-lisp-remark-caught-on-video-20111114,0,5265508.story">Arne Duncan has a lisp</a>? Where have I been?</p><p><strong>F story</strong>: Did you know that Governor Pat Quinn bunked with Texas Governor Rick Perry in Afghanistan? Sounds like the beginning of a sitcom to me!!! Quinn was live on MSNBC today, doing an interview for the show <strike>"Starbucks Live"</strike> Morning Joe:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=10,0,0,0" height="245" id="msnbc53e466" width="420"><param name="movie" value="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640"><param name="FlashVars" value="launch=45302206&amp;width=420&amp;height=245"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="wmode" value="transparent"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" flashvars="launch=45302206&amp;width=420&amp;height=245" height="245" name="msnbc53e466" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" src="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="420" wmode="transparent"></object></p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: It's 60!</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: So really, no basketball? That hurts. Mostly because we will have to look back on this year as the year the Bulls were going to win a championship. Also, we have a very young Derrick Rose. We lose a year of his "I can play 48 minutes straight" ability. Pretty soon, Rose will be Robert Parrish. Then what? Yesterday evening,<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-14/no-nba-heres-list-peoplebusinesses-affected-lockout-hint-end-matador"> I put together a list of businesses affected by no NBA in Chicago</a>. Like those bucket drummers. What are they going to drum in front of now?</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Parking meter graffiti art!!!! This one spotted by colleague Dan Weissman, west of Clark St. on Morse Ave. in Rogers Park:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="347" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-15/parkingmeterart.jpg" title="" width="500"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 14:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-15/morning-parlor-game-what-was-suspicious-package-zuccotti-park-94050 Rahm vows bus rapid transit, but can he deliver? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/rahm-promises-brt-can-he-deliver-90926 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-23/Transmilenio.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All this week, WBEZ is looking at <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor" target="_blank">Rahm Emanuel’s first 100 days as Chicago mayor</a>.</p><p>One of Emanuel’s pledges is to push for the creation of the city’s first bus-rapid-transit line. The idea behind BRT is to deliver the benefits of rail at a fraction of the cost. BRT shortens travel times through dedicated bus lanes, pre-paid boarding that’s level with station platforms, and traffic signals that favor the buses.</p><p>WBEZ’s West Side bureau reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/chip-mitchell" target="_blank">Chip Mitchell</a> gives us a progress report on Emanuel’s ambitious plan.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-23/rahm-promises-brt-can-he-deliver-90926 When asked to, mayoral candidates quick to criticize Daley http://www.wbez.org/story/2016-olympics/when-asked-mayoral-candidates-quick-criticize-daley <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_0012.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Criticism of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley came easily to the candidates for mayor during their latest major debate.</p><p>This election has been largely free of direct attacks on Mayor Daley. But Monday night the candidates were asked to name Daley's greatest mistake, other than the controversial parking meter lease.<br /> <br /> &quot;He's done a good job for parts of the city and just kind of let other parts go with benign neglect,&quot; said former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.<br /> <br /> Miguel del Valle, the current city clerk, said he disagreed with Daley's night-time destruction of the Meigs Field runway.</p><p>&quot;I would have done that very differently,&quot; del Valle said.<br /> <br /> Gery Chico, a former Daley chief of staff, said the mayor didn't work enough with aldermen, &quot;miss[ing] an opportunity to bring in a lot of bright people into discussions.&quot;<br /> <br /> Ex-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said Daley relied too heavily on the 2016 Olympic bid for job creation.<br /> <br /> &quot;While it was worth trying to try for that, you have to have a more robust, more agressive strategy that's long-lived besides just one goal, one objective,&quot; Emanuel said.<br /> <br /> Two other candidates on the ballot for mayor, Patricia Van Pelt Watkins and Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls, were not invited to Monday night's debate hosted by WTTW public television and the City Club of Chicago.</p></p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2016-olympics/when-asked-mayoral-candidates-quick-criticize-daley Chicago not issuing parking tickets any time soon http://www.wbez.org/story/news/transportation/chicago-not-issuing-parking-tickets-anytime-soon <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/parking meter_Getty_Scott Olson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This week's historic blizzard is giving Chicago motorists and businesses an unexpected boon: free parking. </p><p>José Santiago, executive director of Chicago&rsquo;s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, said Friday morning that the city had suspended fee enforcement at public parking meters. Santiago did not specify when, or under what conditions, the city would allow contractors to resume enforcement.</p><p>The city&rsquo;s Department of Revenue hires contractors for most of the enforcement.</p><p>The rest is handled by Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, a private company. A spokeswoman said the firm would follow the city&rsquo;s lead on when parking enforcement resumes.<i><br /></i></p></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 17:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/transportation/chicago-not-issuing-parking-tickets-anytime-soon Mayor Monday: Assessing the future of transportation in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-assessing-future-transportation-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/cta train_flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Every Monday &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; looks at some of the issues facing Chicago&rsquo;s next mayor with the series Mayor Monday. This Monday's topic is transportation. Talk about planes, trains and automobiles is on the docket. But in a city whose El is as much icon as mode of transport, getting around goes much deeper.<br /><br />The panel of experts is <a href="http://las.depaul.edu/sps/about/ourfacultystaff/FullTimeFaculty/schwieterman.asp" target="_blank">Joe Schwieterman</a> is a Professor at DePaul University&rsquo;s School of Public Service. Aaron Renn blogs about urban planning and transportation as <a href="http://www.urbanophile.com/" target="_blank">The Urbanophile</a>. And, Mike Brockway is the Parking Ticket Geek from <a href="http://theexpiredmeter.com/" target="_blank">The Expired Meter.com</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Empresarios, &quot;Pensamiento&quot;, from the CD Sabor Tropical, (Fort Knox)</em></p></p> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 14:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-assessing-future-transportation-chicago Chicago mayoral candidate against privatized parking meters http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/chicago-mayoral-candidate-against-privatized-parking-meters <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Carol Moseley Braun_getty_scottolson.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun says the deal that privatized parking meters is a financial disaster for the city, and she says she'll try to break it if elected.</p><p>At a Monday news conference the former U.S. Senator said she thinks the city got &quot;snookered&quot; when it entered the 2008 deal in which a private company paid the city more than $1.1 billion in exchange for a 75-year lease of the meters.</p><p>The deal led by outgoing Mayor Richard Daley has been widely criticized - in large part because the city has already spent all but a fraction of the money.</p><p>Braun says she'd sue to cancel the deal. She didn't say Daley's name but said the administration exceeded its authority in making the deal.<br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 21:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/chicago-mayoral-candidate-against-privatized-parking-meters Braun wants Chicago's parking meter lease undone http://www.wbez.org/story/candidate/braun-wants-chicagos-parking-meter-lease-undone <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/cityroom_20100915_shudzik_1756114_Camp_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>Potential Chicago mayoral candidate Carol Moseley Braun says the city's parking meter lease should never have exceeded 20 years.<br /><br />Braun said Wednesday that Mayor Daley's 2008 deal privatizing the city's 36,000 parking meters for 75 years is a &quot;disaster.&quot;<br /><br />She wants the lease undone either through the courts, a referendum or by the City Council.</p><p>&quot;The deal was too long, it was based on faulty information, the city got bad advice and it was passed, it was rammed through based on a powerpoint presentation that had no real numbers behind it. I think the citizens of Chicago deserve better and I think we can take the steps to make it better,&quot;&nbsp;Braun said.</p><p>Braun said the parking meter contract should be rewritten and sold at a higher price.<br /><br />She said the deal was illegal because the city's aldermen acted beyond their legal authority by approving the lease.</p><p>Meanwhile,&nbsp;mayoral candidate Gery Chico said&nbsp;too much money from the parking meter lease deal has been used for short-term fixes, and not for long-term planning.</p></p> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/candidate/braun-wants-chicagos-parking-meter-lease-undone