Meter Deal Remix A Slam Dunk For Approval Wednesday
Despite the best efforts of the Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd), Ald. John Arena (45th) and other members of the Chicago Progress Reform Coalition, as well as Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) to convince other council members the renegotiated deal is a bad one, the votes are just not there to derail it.
Even up until Wednesday morning’s meeting, sources say the Mayor’s minions were working to pick off any votes they could from fence sitting aldermen with the threat of political retribution.
Based on questions during four days of hearings on the revised meter deal, most aldermen were torn between the financial savings on one hand and free Sundays and extended hours on the other.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the lure of the financial savings seems to be winning out and most aldermen will vote yes Wednesday.
The Sun-Times essentially is reporting the same thing–aldermen are not happy with the deal, but don’t want to pass up the chance to save millions of dollars.
A few others are weighing in on the meter deal.
Chicago Sun-Times Mark Brown says, begrudgingly, we should take the deal in Wednesday’s paper.
Although the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board is much more glowing about the Mayor’s efforts in their editorial supporting the plan.
Perhaps the only dissenting voice in the media is the Reader’s Mick Dumke. He believes, much like attorney Clint Krislov, the lead attorney on an ongoing lawsuit challenging the legality of the original meter deal, that passing revisions to it will inoculate it against any possible future legal challenges.