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Aldermen who usually support Emanuel want parking meter deal renegotiated

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Some aldermen not happy about the new parking meter deal Mayor Emanuel has worked out. Even some of his allies oppose the deal.

The plan would trade a longer paid parking day for free parking on Sundays in certain neighborhoods. The City of Chicago would also pay Chicago Parking Meters LLC $64 million in disputed claims.

Two dozen Chicago aldermen have thrown their support behind the mayor's proposal to change to the city's parking deal. That leaves the proposal two votes shy of the majority needed for City Council passage.

According to Emanuel's financial team, the deal would provide the city an additional $1 million a year in parking profit.

Alderman Ameya Pawar of the 47th ward said he wants to renegotiate certain parts of the deal, and wondered how the city came to this point in the first place.

The Streeterville neighborhood is an area that will not really benefit from the parking proposal. Alderman Brendan Reilly said he thinks the city should drop the plan entirely. He said Emanuel did not work out a good deal for street parkers, and he will try to fix it.

One driver told FOX 32 News Friday morning that she does not park on the street because it is entirely too expensive, and she would have to move her car multiple times through the work day in order to avoid a ticket.

That woman also said City Council needs to get it together and fight harder for constituents' best interest. No one can afford to park in the city.

Usually Ald. Reilly joins 28 other aldermen in agreeing with proposals Emanuel pushes, but not this time. He and three other aldermen have backed off, saying they don't like it at this point and they did not their go-ahead.

This deal that mayor worked out may now be in jeopardy.

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