A lawsuit filed by a Chicago-area citizens group seeking to void the city’s controversial $1.12 billion 75-year lease of its parking meter system survived its first challenge last week when a Cook County judge found reasonable grounds to allow the complaint to be filed.

Judge Richard Billik granted leave to allow the suit’s filing in an order issued last week. The governments of Chicago and Illinois, which are representing city and state officials named as defendants in the suit, believe it is without merit.

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