Mayor Daley demotes Paul Volpe, best known for helping to carry out the parking meter lease deal. But don’t be fooled—the person responsible for that fiasco still has a job at City Hall. It’s Daley himself.
June 2009: Mayor Daley “will put Paul Volpe and Gene Saffold against anyone.”January 2010: Mayor Daley will put Paul Volpe out by the curb.
Aldermen hold another hearing on the parking meter lease deal. Their conclusion: it still stinks.
Mayor Daley boasts that Chicago’s privatization deals are examples for governments around the country. Recent reports suggest that’s not quite true.
Mayor Daley holds a press conference to insist that the parking meter lease deal is “responsible”–and so is he.
Bravo! Mayoral chief of staff Paul Volpe turns in an Oscar moment at a press conference defending the mayor’s ill-considered parking meter deal.
Estimates that the city got less than half what it could have on the parking meter deal are getting the headlines, but there are plenty of devils in the details.
In April the Reader documented how the Daley administration hid its process for privatizing the city’s parking meters from the public and the City Council. Now, three months into the deal, the city still won’t explain how it determined what the deal was worth—and new evidence suggests the taxpayers were hosed out of billions of dollars.
The city could finalize a billion-dollar deal to lease its parking meters just days after viewing the winning bid.
The City Council moves closer to approving the lease deal for Midway Airport.