The town hall is suing the owner of the car park for non-compliance with the payment conditions

City Hall now wants to punish the owner of a Near West Side parking lot – who had parked cars on city-owned land near the United Center for years without paying rent – for failing to comply with the terms of a settlement reached eight months ago.

Following investigations by the Chicago Sun-Times, city inspectors found that Peoples Stadium Park LLC failed to secure permits for signs hanging above the sidewalk, designating wheelchair accessible spaces rolling stock and erecting the required fencing around the land at the northwest corner of Madison and Paulina.

“Key milestones in the plan have been executed, and although the company no longer operates on city property, there is still work to be done to ensure compliance,” according to Lilia Chacon, spokesperson for the Department of Health. commercial affairs and consumer protection of the city.

The agency asks the city’s license disciplinary commission to punish the peoples.

Under the settlement, the city was to give the company licenses to park cars on the 1700 block of Madison and Warren streets, and Peoples, which is owned by the family of attorney Ronald Shudnow, would pay the city $180,000 and would make improvements in six months. .

But City Hall refused to issue business licenses to Peoples Stadium because the company owed the city $11,384, a debt Peoples paid on July 17 — about three weeks after the Sun-Times searched for records to determine whether the company had complied with the regulations.

People’s Advocate Stephen Novack said the company “has delivered on the bulk of its obligations and has worked hand-in-hand with the city to complete the few remaining items.”

City Hall attempted to revoke Peoples’ licenses after the Sun-Times reported in December 2014 that the company was charging customers to park cars on a city-owned lot that sits in the middle of the Peoples parking lot. the business near the home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks. but did not pay the city for the use of the property.

The people then said the city was collecting parking fees for every car parked on city property and had taken legal action to stop City Hall from closing the parking lot. A Cook County judge left the lot open and Peoples agreed to stop parking cars on city property, which it began doing in 1996 as part of an administration deal of Mayor Richard M. Daley which was to last five years.


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Pamela W. Robbins