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The [Wednesday] Papers

"For the past three weeks, Chicago drivers have unknowingly been enjoying a reprieve from paying America's highest parking meter rates," the Expired Meter reports.

"That's because none of the city's more than 4,100 parking meter pay boxes have been changed to reflect the higher rate which officially went into effect on Jan. 1.

"That means city parkers, who are still paying the 2012 rate, have collectively saved close to $900,000, based on past monthly revenues generated by the meters."

That's a lot of money for our parking meter overlords to leave on the table. Is something afoot?

"By contract, CPM has 60 days to implement the rate change," said Chicago Department of Finance Deputy Comptroller Holly Stutz. "Due to contract issues, they have decided to start the rate change the first week of February. They will begin in the Central Business District working their way outward to the neighborhoods."

City officials would not elaborate on the specific contract issues that were delaying the rate changes. A mayoral spokeswoman later denied contract issues were involved in the delay.

If Rahm Emanuel is able to rework this contract, he may not need that pile of cash to get re-elected.


But can you run for president on it?


Oh, Illinois


Reader Mary T. Burke writes:

Do you think when George gets out that Sneed will be there to give him a big kiss on the lips?

Yes. Yes I do.


"Sneed has verified the [release] date through numerous sources familiar with friends Ryan has made in prison."

They get Capitol Fax in prison?

Daley's Detail
"For the 22 years he was mayor, Richard M. Daley relied upon a select group of police officers to ensure his safety and that of his family," the Sun-Times reported on Monday.

"The security detail's members routinely traveled with Daley and his family. They drove his kids to school. They ran errands for the family.

"Now, members of the police security detail that served Daley are being questioned by Dan K. Webb, the special prosecutor appointed to reinvestigate the 2004 death of David Koschman and also to determine whether criminal charges should be filed regarding the handling of the Koschman case by police and prosecutors."

Click through to read how Patrick Daley tried to run away after that infamous Grand Beach incident.

Background here:

"Vanecko is particularly close to his cousin Patrick Daley, son of the second Mayor Daley . . . When they were in high school, Vanecko , then 17, and Patrick Daley, then 16, made headlines when they threw a drinking party on Feb. 29, 1992, at Mayor Daley's second home, in Grand Beach. The party ended when Vanecko held a 20-gauge shotgun as one of Patrick Daley's classmates, Mark Lawler, clubbed an Indiana teen in the head with a baseball bat, according to police reports and a civil lawsuit that was settled in 1995 for undisclosed terms."


"The Indiana teen suffered a skull fracture and underwent brain surgery, just as Koschman would years later. Unlike Koschman, he recovered after 10 days in the hospital.

"Vanecko pleaded guilty to aiming a firearm without malice and possession of alcohol, both misdemeanors, and Patrick Daley pleaded guilty to furnishing alcohol to minors and disturbing the peace. Each was given probation. Lawler, who has since died, was found guilty of aggravated assault."

See also: Victim In 1992 Bat Attack At Daley Summer Home Now Runs Tea Company.


Patrick Daley pleaded guilty to a juvenile charge of furnishing alcohol to minors. Vanecko, then 17, pleaded guilty to aiming a firearm without malice. Both got probation.

Funny, Chief Keef got 60 days for handling a gun at a shooting range at the behest of Pitchfork and his record company for an interview. Without malice.

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Posted on January 23, 2013

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