Demand a Public Process for Private Partnerships

Despite the controversial parking meter deal, Chicago remains committed to exploring ways to "privatize" other public assets including Midway Airport.

But before any such privatization efforts get underway, Chicago must first establish a fair, open and transparent process designed to ensure the best deal for taxpayers.

Tell the Chicago City Council to make sure privatization deals are based on public debate, not backroom deals.

The City Council should pass a bill that creates safeguards for taxpayers when it comes to privatization deals. 

Unfortunately, bureaucratic rules are keeping a bill that would do just that from getting a public hearing.

Enter your info here to tell the committee chairman, Alderman Mell, to hold a public hearing on the bill that will protect taxpayers from bad privatization deals.

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Here are some details about the Privatization Transparency and Accountability Ordinance, introduced by Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th:



These safeguards are important because Mayor Rahm Emanuel is open — some say eager — to privatizing public assets and services.


Residents must have a standard process they can rely on, and city officials must understand that must be held publicly accountable for their privatization decisions.

Read Emily Miller's op-ed on this issue in the Chicago Tribune.