A Cook County Circuit Court judge earlier this month denied Chicago’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges the legality of its $1.15 billion, 75-year lease of its parking meter system to Chicago Parking Meters LLC.

Judge Richard J. Billik Jr. ruled that the motion was “not persuasive.” Billik, did however, throw out a portion of the complaint that asserts Chicago was improperly using public funds to enforce parking rules for the benefit of the private company that operates the system.

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