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Red light and speed cameras: public safety or private gain?

No one likes getting traffic tickets. But a new research that we released today will make you dislike them even more. The report, Caution: Red Light Cameras Ahead; The Risks of Privatizing Traffic Law Enforcement and How to Protect the Public, outlines problems with the growing trend among cities to outsource traffic enforcement to private … Continue reading

Tip for Rahm: Don’t be Daley

Here is my op-ed that ran yesterday on Gapers Block and Progress Illinois: “No one will argue with the fact that Chicago’s budget situation is dire—and has been for some time now. But Mayor Daley masked the drastic fiscal situation in Chicago with year after year of short-term budget gimmicks. The hope now is that, … Continue reading

Midway Airport Lease Resurgence

Is the deal to lease Midway Airport to a private company coming back? It’s pure speculation at this point, but Greg Hinz, blogger-in-the-know over at Crain’s Chicago Business, seems to think so in his latest post, “Emanuel calls summit meeting with top airline execs.” On Monday, Mayor Emanuel has a meeting with top airline executives … Continue reading

Lessons from the parking meter deal

Chicago Reader writer Mick Dumke’s story yesterday, “Rahm Emanuel’s shifting views of the parking meter deal,” provides a detailed time line of how Mayor Emanuel has changed his tune time and time again in regards to the parking meter deal. First, he admits that it was a bad deal, but claims that it’s too late … Continue reading