Wednesday morning, just outside City Council chambers inside City Hall, an embattled Mayor Daley offered Chicago motorists a bit of a break.

If approved by the City Council, the Mayor wants to allow any motorist one free pass on an expired meter ticket per year.

But, there is a catch…or two.

The ticket must have been issued less than five minutes from the time on the parking meter receipt.

And…this offer is limited to one per vehicle per year.

It also seems, at first glance, the law will not apply to any of the remaining traditional single-head meters as, without a receipt, there’s no objective measure of time.