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I found this nugget buried in Cook County Board President’s Toni Preckwinkle’s FY12 budget proposal:
Parking fees will be instituted at County facilities. Paid parking will be expanded to include the Criminal Court Building at 26th and California and suburban district courthouses at a fee of $4.75 per day or $65 per month. This is initiative is expected to generate $4 million in revenue.
It’s obviously just ‘proposed’ at this point but I bet this has a decent chance of sticking. So start mapping out your public transportation options, find those alternative free residential parking options (I can’t picture too many other than maybe near the Rolling Meadows courthouse), or raise your fees.
This isn’t unprecedented…I don’t get to the Collar Counties too much but my recollection is that Will and Lake Counties charge for parking while Du Page does not. Others?