Chicago Expands Hardship Eligibility For Parking Ticket Payment Plans
I don’t know how I missed this, but back in March, the Chicago city council voted to expand the parameters of “hardship eligibility,” for parking ticket payment plans, to include anyone whose home is in foreclosure.
I’m impressed that the mayor and the city council recognize that the economy, and home mortgage problem has put some additional financial pressure on some of our fine citizens. But maybe they just realize they would perhaps NEVER get paid if someone loses their home and perhaps goes into bankruptcy.
I mean, isn’t the first thought that pops into someone’s mind, when one is losing their home, their entire world is spiraling into oblivion and the sheriff shows up with an eviction notice is, “I need to rush downtown and setup a payment plan for all my parking tickets! Gee, thanks for looking out for me Mayor Daley!!!”
Perhaps the mayor and the city council will recognize that all the increased taxes, and fees they voted for, are going to drive everyone in the city into bankruptcy. Maybe they will further expand hardship eligibility for idiots like myself who are just broke all the time. Or perhaps, for everyone in the city who is being taxed into bankruptcy by Todd Stroger and his Cook County cronies.
If you owe the city a lot of money for parking tickets and/or red light violations, you might want to look into parking ticket and red light ticket payment plans.
Here is the press release.
New Hardship Eligibility Assists Motorists Experiencing Home Foreclosure
The City Council today passed an ordinance proposed by Mayor Richard M. Daley to expand hardship eligibility for parking and red-light ticket payment plans. Eligibility for the hardship plan now includes motorists in home foreclosure. According to the Chicago Department of Housing, 14,250 foreclosures were initiated in the City for 2007 alone.In late 2007, hardship eligibility was expanded to include persons in active and reservist military duty and the term was lengthened for those unable to pay within one year.”The plans allow motorists to pay off debt over a longer period of time,” said Mayor Daley. “The hardship payment plan offers the most flexible payment terms to motorists with the greatest financial need. Homeowners experiencing home foreclosure are now eligible to benefit from this plan.”
Approximately 31 percent of all payment plans in 2007 were special or hardship plans, providing special terms and assistance to eligible motorists. The further expansion in eligibility will not only assist motorists in need, but also makes sense from a collections perspective. Since inception of the plans in 2004, 216,000 plans have helped to collect $123 million in parking and red-light ticket revenue.
Current hardship eligibility categories include seniors, age 65 and older, students, and persons receiving government issued unemployment benefits. For additional hardship eligibility categories and general information on ticket payment plans, visit cityofchicago.org/revenue or call 312.744.PARK (7275)