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Aug. 20 2009 - 12:39 am | 12 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

Watchdog group sues the city over the parking meter deal

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So it’s come to this.

The Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization sued the city of Chicago this morning, charging that because of the meter deal taxpayer money is illegally being used to benefit a private company, Chicago Parking Meters LLC.

The suit also alleges that the city violated state law by stripping future City Councils of the ability to manage the public right of way and by delegating police powers—the ability to write parking tickets—to LAZ Parking, the private firm hired to oversee day to day operations of the meter system.

Clint Krislov, one of the attorney representing the IVI-IPO, says the group wants to have the deal reworked or nullified.

It’s gonna be a long shot, but thanks IVI-IPO.

And thanks to “The Reader’s” Mick Dumke, who stood up admirably to Alderman Bernie Stone on Wednesday’s “Chicago Tonight,” asking Stone how much research he’d done before approving the deal. “None of your business,” replied the Alderman. It sure is our business, and Dumke made sure to tell him.

IVI-IPO Sues the City Over the Parking Meter Deal | The Blog | Chicago Reader.


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