Parking meters in Chicago are being stolen

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Somebody is doing more than getting angry at those parking meters in downtown Chicago: They’re stealing them.

CHICAGO (AP) — Somebody is doing more than getting angry at those parking meters in downtown Chicago: They’re stealing them. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Chicago police say about 20 of the 200-pound machines have been taken in recent weeks. Four of them have been recovered. The machines that take the place of individual meters have been the source of anger for residents and a source of embarrassment for Mayor Richard Daley. Residents don’t like the steep rate increases since the machines were installed. And the mayor was criticized for pushing through a deal to privatize the meters. The deal is now widely seen as a major blunder that could cost the city billions of dollars in unrealized revenue. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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