Sell A Guest Parking Pass On Gameday, Spend A Night In Jail
Because Chicago may be cracking down on people illegally selling guest parking passes to Cubs or Sox fans looking for parking to catch a ballgame in Chicago.
According to the Tribune’s Clout Street blog, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) who’s ward is where Wrigley resides, and Ald. James Balcer who represents the 11th, the ward where Comiskey Park calls home, are co-sponsors of a law that could send an offender to jail for a night for violating this law.
Residents of these two wards can purchase temporary guest passes for friends or relatives visiting them. But they cannot be re-sold at a profit to fans looking or a cheap parking alternative to parking lots surrounding the ballparks.
Despite the threat of fines of between $200-$500 for the practice, there are still residents who find a way to profit from illegally re-selling guest parking passes.
This abuse of the residential permit parking system has frustrated city officials for years, including Chicago City Clerk Miguel Del Valle who testified at city budget hearings condemning the practice and asking for action to stop it.
Although this potential new ordinance was not discussed at last Wednesday’s Transportation Committee meeting, look for it to be back in action at the April meeting so it can be in full effect for the start of the baseball season.
Here’s the Tribune’s full story, “Selling one-day parking permits around Wrigley, the Cell could bring day in jail.”