Chicago is cashing in on its much-criticized parking meter deal.
The city has seen a 26 percent spike in the number of parking meter violations, which has brought in $7 million more in revenue.
That's according to city records provided to the Chicago Tribune in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Records show about 327,650 tickets were issued in the first eight months of the year for expired meters or overstaying a pay-and-display spot. That's up from fewer than 260,000 tickets during the same period in 2008.
A deal that privatized Chicago's meters took effect in February amid a public outcry over the rates, which quadrupled in some areas.
Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com
Source: AP News