Rahm pulls plug on city parking perk

Written By Michael Sneed Posted: 08/17/2014, 10:35am

The park shark . . .

Rahm’s running with scissors!

Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cutting down on free downtown parking for city employees that has been around for more than a decade.

◆ Snip snip: Emanuel recently ordered his staff to draft a proposal to sell three parking lots and a one-story parking garage in River North currently used by 80 city employees at various city agencies.

◆ Backshot: This isn’t the first time Emanuel has cut paid parking: Since taking office, Emanuel has eliminated more than 40 paid downtown parking spots.

A real rail tragedy . . . 

New RTA chief Kirk Dillard got a jolt recently.

◆ Translation: While Dillard nervously awaited the arrival of his wife, Stephanie, at a railroad safety dinner Aug. 7 at the Chicago History Museum, little did he know she was on the Metra train that sadly struck and killed two people in Little Village!

“I was reminding the audience of the importance of railroad safety and to be careful because it affects us daily — not knowing my wife was going to be two hours late in joining me because of a tragic accident which completely shut down the Burlington-Northern route during rush hour,” Dillard said.

“A fatality is so sad, it affects so many and this family lost two members,” he told Sneed.

◆ Backstory: The two people accidentally struck and killed by a Metra BNSF line train were Berry W. Huddleston, 57; and his sister, Margaret N. Huddleston, 54, who were walking on elevated railroad tracks near 21st Street and Homan Avenue.

◆ Addendum: Pedestrians are not allowed on that area of the tracks, which serve both Metra’s busiest commuter line and a heavily used freight corridor, a Metra spokesperson told the Sun-Times. The incident remains under investigation.


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