Ticket Tidbits: 2/11/09
Each week, The Expired Meter offers up a potpourri of ticket and parking related news to keep you up informed and up to date.
ITEM: In the past, I’ve never seen a boot issued on a Saturday or Sunday. From a booted vehicle I saw the other day, that may be changing. I witnessed a freshly booted vehicle with a bright orange sticker that dated it Saturday morning. Watch out!
ITEM: Last week, the city council approved Ald. Vi Daley’s move to increase the fine for talking on your cell phone will driving from $75 to $100. Don’t be surprised to see more of these cell phone tickets issued this year.
ITEM: No official word, but it looks like the parking meter lease deal is STILL not finalized. It was supposed to close this week. Thanks goes out to all you lawyers finalizing the deal. Keep up the great work.
ITEM: There’s a new booter in town. For over 10 years, Global Parking Management was the one and only private booting firm in town. According to a reliable source, a new company called Parking Management Services, plans to jump into the booting business sometime in March. I’m told the company management has 25 years of experience and comes “with massive insight into the local parking industry.”
ITEM: Speaking of private booting, negotiations between Global Parking Management and Ald. Waguespack’s office have been ongoing and are close to a final agreement on terms to allow Global to continue to work within the 32nd Ward, according to a source within the 32nd Ward office. We’ll have the full story when the deal is complete.
ITEM: Facebook user John Stamoolis is pissed. He’s angry that Mayor Daley is selling off the city’s assets, which of course, includes the parking meter system. If you agree with him, join his Stop Mayor Daley From Selling Chicago Facebook page.
ITEM: If you live in Wheeling, and want to know more about this suburb’s red light cameras, stop by Wheeling Village Hall, 255 W. Dundee Rd. at 7:30 PM or on Wednesday, February 25th.
The town’s first cameras will be at the intersections of Palatine and Wheeling, and Milwaukee and Dundee.
For more info, call (847) 459-2649.
QUESTION: Who is James Damion? I’m trying to find out. If you have info, e-mail me at: email@example.com
ITEM: Perhaps Chicago needs some schooling on what a real ticket amnesty looks like. Ciciero has some a kickass ticket amnesty deal for scofflaws offering a 50% reduction on tickets of $100 or over and reducing payments on other tickets including paying only $30 for a $75 ticket, $20 for a $50 ticket and $10 for a $25 ticket.
Now THAT’s what I call amnesty.
The program started Feb. 1 and will run three months.
REMINDER: Only four days left until Chicago’s Ticket Amnesty program is over. Try to pay it on-line as DOR payment centers are being overrun by procrastinator scofflaws like me and you.
In fact, several DOR Payment Centers are offering special Saturday hours on Feb. 14th to gladly take your money.
GEEK NEWS: Tune into Vocalo on Thursday afternoon around 2 PM. The Parking Ticket Geek stops in to the Vocalo studios to discuss all things parking. Vocalo airs on 89.5 FM serving NW Indiana and SE Chicago, but you can stream it live here.