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Emanuel proposes higher parking fines, cable tax increase

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pitched his budget to aldermen on Tuesday and will unveil the full plan to the City Council on Wednesday.

In part of his proposal, the mayor wants to make it more expensive to park in the wrong spot in the city.

Emanuel's office says the higher fines would generate about $10 million as part of his effort to close the projected $339 million gap in the 2014 budget.

The proposal includes increasing the fine for parking illegally on streets being cleaned from $50 to $60. The fine for parking illegally during rush hour would climb from $60 to $100, from $100 to $110 for parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, and from $200 to $250 for parking illegally in a disabled zone.

The price to impound towed vehicles would double to $20 a day for the first five days.

Emanuel also wants to raise taxes on cable TV services in Chicago. Cable firms would pay 6 percent instead of 4 percent in amusement taxes -- a cost the companies typically pass on to customers.

The mayor is hoping this tax would bring in an extra $13 million.

 

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