I think below video would show all of us what Rahm Emanuel would do if Richard Daley showed up to the Chicago City Council Chambers to be questioned about how bad Daley screwed the city and taxpayers with his corrupt "Chicago Parking Meter Leasing Deal"
Mayor Rahm Emanuel stuck with the tough talk on Chicago’s parking meter deal today, pledging to fight a new bill for $22 million the meter leasing company recently sent the city for lost revenue. But Rahm won't say a word about former Mayor Richard Daley scamming a six figure salary do nothing job with the law firm that was paid millions in fees for handling the corrupt deal.
Emanuel has positioned himself as a staunch opponent of the wildly unpopular 75-year, $1.15 billion lease of Chicago street parking spaces that his predecessor engineered in late 2008.
The tab from Chicago Parking Meters is now nearly $50 million.
While an arbitrator is being asked to decide some of that amount, the periodic invoices submitted offer Emanuel an opportunity to remind Chicagoans he opposes the payments.
The latest is a $22 million tab the company says the city owes for free parking last year for vehicles that displayed disabled placards or license plates.
On Thursday, Emanuel told reporters that the city has taken steps to stop drivers from illegally displaying the placards.
The Chicago Police Department’s traffic unit has conducted stings this year.
“We have cracked down on people that are abusing the disabled placards. We have been aggressive on that,” he said.
“We have real questions as it relates to the documentation that substantiates the claims that they think we owe them,” he added.
As Emanuel did when Chicago Parking Meters presented earlier bills, the mayor pointed out he has publicly criticized the parking deal since he campaigned for mayor. And without naming then-Mayor Richard Daley, Emanuel repeated his mantra that “there’s a new day” at City Hall relating to the lease.
“Just because you sent the bill, and just because in the past it was paid with no questions asked, doesn’t mean going forward that’s how we’re going to operate,” he said during a news conference at the recently opened Morgan Street CTA train station.
Emanuel also praised outgoing U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald Thursday for “setting a bar,” noting that a lot of attention has been paid to Fitzgerald’s successful public corruption prosecutions.
But the mayor said he hopes the person who next fills the seat will fight against Chicago’s problems with guns and gangs.
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