• Mayor Rahm Emanuel: hates the meter deal so much he’ll fight to keep it in place

For a year and a half Mayor Rahm Emanuel has vowed to do everything possible to break the yoke of the parking meter deal.

He said he’d look into canceling it. He promised a “line by line” review of bills submitted to the city by Chicago Parking Meters, the private company that now “owns” the system. And most recently he declared that the city simply wouldn’t pay a $50 million tab for street closures and disabled parking.

“I’ve said ‘No,'” he told the Sun-Times.

But it seems that no doesn’t always mean no.