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Geek Gets Up Early Saturday Morning for WGN Radio 720 AM

OTLlogo-1920x1080How early are you up on Saturday mornings?

Most likely it depends on the quantity of adult beverages you consumed the night before, right?

But, if you behave yourself tonight and get up between 6 and 7 AM, you can catch the Parking Ticket Geek on WGN Radio‘s Outside the Loop Radio with the handsome and affable Mike Stephen.

Mike and the Geek are going to discuss the issue of residential permit parking in Chicago and…how drivers can avoid, and if ticketed, challenge and beat parking tickets for RPP violations.

Tune in or stream WGN Radio 720 here.

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Police To Set Up Downtown DUI Patrols For Holiday Weekend (DNA Chicago)

2 People Arrested, 112 Ticketed In Jefferson Park Drunken Driving Crackdown (DNA Chicago)

Fourth Of July Road Travel Expected To Reach 8-Year High: AAA (Chicago Tribune)

Thousands Expected To Converge On Chicago For Fourth Of July Weekend (Chicago Sun Times)

Street Closures, Reroutes Go Into Effect For Taste Of Chicago (Chicago Sun Times)

Sign The Petition To Get Rid Of The Southport Strangler Intersection At Lincoln/Wellington (Change.Org)

Parking Patrons Risk Boot At Wilmette Dairy Queen

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Who knew a soft serve ice cream cone could cause so much controversy?

Up in north suburban Wilmette, if you try to park your car in a strip mall parking lot to pickup a scrumpdilicious ice cream cone at the Dairy Queen, your vehicle risks being booted.

The Dairy Queen is popular during the summer up there.

So much so, DQ’s parking lot can’t handle all the cars and some times drivers use the strip mall parking lot next door to park there cars to score their cone–and that’s annoying the business owners in the strip mall who want the spaces free for their customers.

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Taste Of Chicago Next Week – Street Closures Already Starting Today In Grant Park (City Of Chicago)

Chicagoland Gas Prices Remain Stubborn For July 4 Travel (Chicago Tribune)

2.3 Million Expected To Travel In Illinois Over July 4th Weekend (Chicago Sun Times)

More Cars Expected On Illinois Tollway This July 4th; Weekend Construction To Be Scaled Back (Chicago Sun Times)

Fun Fact: Toll Roads Have One Third The Rate Of Fatalities As All Other US Roads – Even With Traffic Often Going At Higher Speeds (International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association)

End Of An Era: City Sticker Lines Evaporate A Year After Start Of Year Round Sales

Lines to buy Chicago city stickers flow out the door of the city payment center at 2550 W. Addison St. Friday morning.

Lines to buy Chicago city stickers flow out the door of the city payment center at 2550 W. Addison St. in 2014.

It’s the end of an era.

For the past several decades, the last day or two of June, thousands of procrastinating Chicago drivers scrambled to buy their Chicago city vehicle sticker.

Lines stretched out the doors at City Hall, City Clerk satellite offices and finance payment centers around the city forcing motorists to wait hours to beat the end of the month deadline.

But not this June 30th.

This year, there was no frantic, last minute rush to purchase city stickers.

2014 was the last year of the annual sales for the city sticker. City Clerk Susanna Mendoza changed the system to make it a year round process where vehicle owners would buy their city stickers six months opposite the month they renew their Illinois vehicle registration stickers.

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday,  June 30th, 2015

Rauner Signs Bill Approving Some Road Construction, Vetoes Capitol Renovations (Chicago Sun Times)

Cops: Rauner Protester Reports Convoy SUV Struck His Arm (Chicago Tribune)

Neighbors Start Petition To Get Rid Of Lincoln/Wellington/Southport Twister Traffic Trap (DNA Chicago)

More Wrong Way Bike Lanes Planned For Rogers Park (Chicago Streetsblog)

Friends, Family Of Motorcycle Accident Victim Outraged At Grisly Pictures Posted Online (CBS 2 Chicago)

Switch Replacement May Cause Minor Delays At Union Station, Metra Says (Chicago Tribune)

AAA Expect Mild Increase In July 4th Holiday Driving

american-flag-2aAAA is telling motorists to expect more cars on the road this upcoming Independence Day holiday.

AAA is predicting 2 million people will be on the road in Illinois this holiday weekend, up .4 percent from last year. Nationally, the group believes 35 million people will travel more than 50 miles this holiday, the most since 2007 and a 0.7% increase from last year.

One reason for the bump in highway travel is the cost of gas which is nearly a buck a gallon less than it was last year.

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, June 29th, 2015

Why Bicyclists Blow Through Red Lights (Chicago Tribune)

Letter To The Editor: Dumping Illiana Saved Nature Refuge (Daily Herald)

Rauner Proposes Deep Cuts For Amtrak (ABC 7 Chicago)

Amtrak Plans Union Station Makeover (Chicago Tribune)

Amtrak Train From Chicago Was Stuck In Iowa Overnight After Tracks Washed Out (Chicago Sun Times)

New Federal Regulations On Tank-Car Trains Face Challenges (Chicago Sun Times)

Editorial: Congress Tries To Run A Railroad. Bad Idea (Chicago Tribune)

The Trip To Work In Chicagos Metro Area Averages 31 Minutes (Chicago Sun Times)

How To Avoid & Beat Residential Permit Parking Tickets

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Victory.

I walked out of a parking ticket hearing today, smiling gleefully while firmly gripping the paperwork dismissing the ticket I received for parking in a residential permit parking zone back in May. It’s a happiness that needs to be shared by showing other drivers the best way to avoid and/or beat these tickets.

Residential permit parking zones restrict drivers from parking on a great percentage of Chicago streets.

The original concept for the restrictions was to make sure residents living near hospitals, CTA or Metra train stops or schools, were able to park in front or near of their homes without having to compete for spaces with visitors.

But the number of RPP zones have exploded over the past twenty years making it more difficult every year for motorists to find free parking on residential streets.

But parking tickets for RPP violations are pretty easy to avoid and not very hard to beat if you get one.

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, June 26th, 2015

Why The Return Of Happy Hour Is A Bad Idea For Chicago (New York Times)

The Downside Of The Chicago Parking Meter Lease And Other Sales Of City Assets (Forbes)

Dont Tase Me Bro – Cops Zap Passenger On Metra Train (ABC 7 Chicago)

Chicago Skyway Companies Put Concession Up For Sale (Reuters)

Transit Agencies Expect No Changes In Fares Or Service (CBS 2 Chicago)

With No Bloomingdale Trail Bathrooms, Local Businesses Get Flooded (DNA Chicago); And Why Were Bathrooms An Afterthought (Beezodogsplace.Com)