The Chicago Parking Meter Concession of 2008

The Chicago Parking Meter Concession of 2008

by Michael E. Condon


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On a Monday in early December 2008, most Chicagoans for the first time heard that the city’s parking meters could be privatized. By Thursday of that week, the ordinance approving the deal was passed by the City Council. Since then, there have been two city inspector general reports, a major lawsuit, a revised ordinance, and general outrage. The Chicago Parking Meter Concession of 2008 looks at the issue to make sense of what happened, how, and its impact on the city.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941478400
Publisher: Windy City Publishers
Publication date: 07/13/2017
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

MICHAEL E. CONDON was raised in Chicago. He holds a B.A. from Western Illinois University, an M.A. from American Public University, and an M.Ed. from the American College of Education. This is his first book.

Table of Contents


chapter 1: Background to Chicago Parking Meters

chapter 2: Toward Privatization

chapter 3: The Federal Government Gets Involved

chapter 4: Economic Woes & Chicago’s Budget

chapter 5: The Winning Bid

chapter 6: It’s Official

chapter 7: “Pain in the Meter”

chapter 8: Finance Committee Approval

chapter 9: City Council Approval

chapter 10: “We’re Quartering Them”

chapter 11: “Rage Against the Machines”

chapter 12: The Inspector General Report

chapter 13: Finding the Real Value

chapter 14: Media Looks at Foreign Involvement

chapter 15: The Second Inspector General Report

chapter 16: “POOF! Nearly $1 BILLION GONE”

chapter 17: Support for Regulated Parking

chapter 18: New Administration, New Deal

chapter 19: Back to the Finance Committee

chapter 20: The Second Council Vote

chapter 21: Further Media Reflection

chapter 22: Legal Maneuvering

chapter 23: Outstanding Issues

chapter 24: Conclusion

Appendix A: Timeline

Appendix B: December 3, 2008 Finance Committee Vote for the Parking Meter Deal

Appendix C: December 4, 2008 City Council Vote for the Parking Meter Deal

Appendix D: June 3, 2013 Finance Committee Vote for the Parking Meter Deal

Appendix E: June 5, 2013 City Council Vote for the Revised Parking Meter Deal

Appendix F: Members of the City Council for the 2008 and 2013 Votes

Appendix G: Compensation Paid to the Vendor for the Parking Meter Deal

Appendix H: Amount Remaining from the Original Parking Meter Proceeds




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