Lawsuit, bad tickets become the latest woes for Chicago's parking meter lease deal

Chicago's inspector general had already questioned whether the city got shortchanged in it's $1.15 billion deal to lease 36,000 parking meters for 75 years. Now a taxpayer watchdog group says the deal may be illegal, and a local investigative reporter finds that dozens of bogus parking tickets have been issued this year.

Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization, known as IVI-IPO, and Chicago resident Aviva Patt filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County's Chancery Division Wednesday claiming the city's parking meter lease deal violates state law. The Chicago Reader has provided comprehensive coverage of how the deal was put together in the first place and much of the fallout since.

Later Wednesday, CBS2 Chicago's Pam Zekman revealed problems many Chicagoans are having with bogus parking tickets. One officer has issued 5,000 tickets thus far this year, Zekman reported. "Of those, more than 2,000 were for expired meters. Only 203 of those drivers contested them. And almost half, 91, were eventually dismissed."

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  • I encourage anyone who is interested in good government to join IVI-IPO -- not only does it support their work (such as the parking meter lawsuit) but members get to vote on endorsements, and they will be doing a full slate of endorsement votes for the upcoming elections. Membership is $35 per year, less for students and low-income. You must be a member for 60 days before you can vote on endorsements so join NOW at:

    http://www.iviipo.org/membership.html

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