Chicago’s parking meter lease agreement has quietly had an impact on the primaries this year.

People who work at the firms that made millions of bucks on the deal have given generously to a range of political candidates, as Ben Joravsky and I reported in this week’s issue. Among them are gubernatorial candidates from both parties, who if elected could weigh a proposal to privatize the state tollway system; Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who last year said she was investigating the city’s deal; the state Democratic Party, headed by Lisa’s pop, house speaker Michael Madigan; and a number of other Chicago-based pols who’ve courageously remained silent about the meter sell-off.

But two of the fiercest critics of the deal are also up for election.