Chicago parking meter settlement includes free Sunday parking

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday new changes to Chicago’s controversial parking meter contract.

Mayor Richard Daley enraged drivers by leasing the parking meters to a private company before he left office; since then the cost of street parking has skyrocketed, and meter enforcement has expanded to 24 hours a day.

Today, Emanuel announced meter parking will soon be free on Sunday’s in Chicago neighborhoods, parkers will be able to use their cellphones to pay the meter and the city has settled a long running billing dispute with Chicago Parking Meters LLC.

The company claimed the city owed $61 million due to special events, routine street maintenance and disabled parking.

Emanuel said the settlement saves the taxpayers $1 billion.

The entire proposal will now go to the City Council.

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