TIAA Private Investments and Antarctica Capital have acquired InterPark, a Chicago-based owner and operator of parking garages, from Alinda Capital Partners. No financial terms were disclosed, but a source tells Axios that it was in the ballpark of $1.1 billion. Other members of the buyside consortium included Silverpeak (which will focus on real estate), CIC Capital, China Life, Munich Re and PFA Pension.

Why it matters: InterPark is America's largest parking garage owner and operator, with 57 lots containing 49,000 spaces. Most municipal lots are actually owned by building landlords (who can play havoc with rent costs).

History: Alinda had purchased InterPark for a bit over $300 million from GE Real Estate in 2011, although later invested another $150 million to both add lots and modernize the infrastructure, per a source familiar with the situation.

Bottom line: Municipal parking garages may be heading toward an inflection point (yes, I just wrote that), as we head toward autonomous driving. All sides of cash-flow could look quite different by the time TIAA and Antarctica Capital are ready to sell, with some real estate investors already looking at parking garages as future greenfield properties. For now, this is another case of private equity profiting from real estate-related deals done in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

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The state of play: The decision went under the radar alongside the simultaneous decision to extend the time that mail-in ballots could be counted, but Philadelphia's top elections official warned state legislators this week that throwing out so-called "naked ballots" could bring "electoral chaos" to the state and cause "tens of thousands of votes" to be thrown out — potentially tipping the presidential election.

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What to watch: Topics for the Sept. 29 debate will include Trump and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economic policy, racism and the integrity of the election, the Commission for Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday. Each topic will receive 15 minutes of conversation and will be presented in no particular order.

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday that the expiration of Congress' coronavirus stimulus will weigh on the U.S. economy.

Why it matters: Powell warned that the effects of dried-up benefits are a looming risk to the economy, even if the consequences aren't yet visible.

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