All Politics are Local, and often about Parking


All Politics are Local, and often about Parking

The City of Chicago has been in an uproar for the past two years about the parking lease they signed for a billion dollars basically taking parking rate setting out of the hands of local pols and using the money for existing expenses and having only about 75 million left. There is a big mayoral race going in the windy city and the parking deal is central to much of the politicking.

Carole Moseley Braun, one candidate, is making the repeal of the deal the centerpiece of her campaign, an opponent, Gery Cico, though opposed to the deal, is saying it can’t be repealed and he should know, he’s a lawyer.

Parking is a sensitive subject. The mayor can be caught with his hands in the cookie jar and little will come of it, but raise the parking rates and all hell breaks loose.

As with most politics being right or wrong makes no difference. It’s what the people hear that’s important. This is a critical issue and Moseley Braun has surrounded it. A few years ago a mayor lost his job in Chicago because he couldn’t get the snow off the streets. Strange if another will be elected based on parking issues, issues over which she most likely has little or any control.


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