Thursday, December 4, 2008


The Bench front page... CHICAGO - Mayor Daley and the recta on the Chicago City Council voted overwhelmingly to privatize some 36,000 parking meters in the city. The vote was 40-5. (Question to Daley and his puppets: If privatization of parking meters is a good idea, when will you privatize the shitty public schools? And if it's a bad idea for Social Security, why is it a good idea for meters? Hmmm?) In addition to the possibility of “congestion pricing,” the deal calls for meter rates in the Loop to rise to $3.50 in 2009, $4.25 in 2010, $5 in 2011, $5.75 in 2012 and $6.50 in 2013. Central business district rates outside the Loop will go from $1 an hour to $2 in 2009, $2.50 in 2010, $3 in 2011, $3.50 in 2012 and $4 in 2013. Rates will be cut in half between the hours of 9 p.m. and 8 a.m., but meters would have to be fed 24/7. (Chicago Sun-Times) RELATED: Governmental Privitization Public Schools: Make Them Private Parking - Chicago Warnings City of Chicago - Revenue City of Chicago - Parking Tickets Joe Moore Political Operative Shuns City Sticker The Bench: Tom Westgard, Repeat Offender