Mayoral Candidates Hit Daley’s Parking Meter Deal

November 12, 2010  |  

(Chicago Tribune) — Though it’s unlikely any of them would turn down an endorsement from Mayor Richard Daley, those seeking to succeed the mayor took issue Wednesday with one his most unpopular decisions: leasing the city’s parking meters.  Three mayoral candidates criticized Daley’s handling of the controversial lease and subsequent decision to tap city reserve funds to balance the budget.  “The city received $1.157 billion (from the city parking meter lease), and today we can barely put a finger on anything that’s left in that account,” said Gery Chico, who for years was Daley’s fix-it man while serving as his chief of staff and later president of the Chicago Public Schools. “The money went to short-term budget fixes in far greater numbers than we were ever told.”

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