Mayor Richard M. Daley: the gift that keeps on giving.
Even if you did not resolve to continue getting nickeled and dimed by local government in 2012, you will. Due to the 75 year deal Mayor Daley signed (prior to ramming it through the spineless City Council), parking meter rates increase today.
In the loop– bordered by Wacker Drive, Lake Michigan, and Congress Parkway– the rates increase from $5.00 per hour to $5.75 per hour. Inside the central business district (and outside the loop)– bordered by the lake, Roosevelt Road, Halsted and North Avenue– rates increase to $3.50 an hour from $3.00. Everywhere else sees an increase of 50 cents to $1.75 per hour. Chicago enjoys the highest street parking rates in the nation.
If the meter expires (and you get caught) you’ll pay a $50.00 fine.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $2.00 tax on parking garages also goes into effect– meaning it will cost more to park in city garages during the week.
It will also cost more to travel to tollways as well. Starting January 1, 2012, tolls increased 87%. Eighty seven percent! That is thanks to Governor Pat Quinn. If you use I-Pass, the rates for $0.40 tolls increased to $0.75. If you pay cash, the fee went from $0.75 to $1.50.
In 2012, like 2011, 2010, 2009... our state and local governments have resolved to continue taxing us to death. Happy New Year Illinois!
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