Aldermen to vote on parking meters & Cubs games

Wednesday’s Chicago City Council hearing could lead to changes for parking meters and Cubs night games.

The council is expected to pass Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new parking meter deal.

The mayor says his plan would save the city about one billion dollars.

Some of that would be saved by reducing the penalties the city is being charged for out of service meters.

“This is a take it or leave it deal.  If you walk away from it, we go to court and take our chances of losing,” said 38th Ward Alderman Timothy Cullerton.

Emanuel is also offering free parking on Sundays in exchange for longer meter hours in some neighborhoods.

Several aldermen say they only support the changes because they’re better than what the city has now.

The City Council will also look at adding night games at Wrigley Field.

Tuesday, the City Council License Committee approved of raising the number of night games to 46.

The limit has been 30, since 2004.

The Cubs wanted more night games as part of their Wrigley Field renovation plans, but they’re still not happy.

They don’t like that the ordinance limits the number of games that can be held on Friday and Saturday nights.

Another clause would give the city authority in choosing when the Cubs can reschedule games that get rained out.

The Cubs say they’ll keep working on changing the plan, before today’s vote.

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