- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - City leaders in Champaign say they’ll consider ways to let motorists use their smartphones to pay for parking.

City council members on Tuesday evening said they’ll start looking for providers to offer the service. The University of Illinois offers pay-by-cellphone parking at 1,500 meters.

The News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/TJg6PK ) the service would let drivers connect a credit card to a free cellphone app. They could then enter basic meter information to pay. Many providers send users text messages when their meter is about to run out so they can pay again.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com