Monthly Archives: May 2010

Mysterious Illegally Parked Car Never Gets Ticketed?

I tried.

I went out of town with the family for just a few days to try to relax and completely ignore the computer, e-mails, etc.

But when I get back into town Sunday night, I check the computer, and my e-mail box is filled with tips about some alleged parking ticket hanky panky up in Boystown.

According to HillBuzz blog, there seems to be a very sweet silver BMW with Illinois license plate X55 0474 that allegedly parks illegally along Halsted St. (near Newport) on weekends, but never, ever gets ticketed.

According to HillBuzz, the author relates a recent experience where he witnessed two ticket writers come across the vehicle, but then essentially kept on going without slapping some bright orange on the windshield.

When one of the ticket writers is confronted and asked why they ignored ticketing the plainly illegally parked vehicle, the ticket writer claims they were instructed NOT to ticket that particular vehicle.

Lake Shore Drive Closed To Cars Sunday Morning

20,000 Bicyclists Expected For Bike The Drive Event

If you wake up early Saturday Sunday morning, and think taking a drive along the lakefront on Lake Shore Drive, to enjoy the sun rising over Lake Michigan would be a fantastic idea–think again.

Because starting at 5:30 AM on Saturday Sunday morning, the city will be close LSD, from Hollywood all the way to 59th Street for the ninth annual MB Financial Bank Bike The Drive event.

WGN’s Pat Tomasulo Pokes Fun At Traffic Aides

WGN TV News funnyman Pat Tomasulo takes it to the street…literally.

Tomasulo dons his florescent safety vest to get the story behind Chicago’s Traffic Aides and ends up gently poking fun at the dangerous job of directing city traffic.

Holiday Traffic Hell Starts Thursday Afternoon

Traffic Experts Share Advice For Memorial Day Exodus

Holiday traffic always sucks.

But perhaps, this Memorial Day, it’s going to be even more challenging than normal.

With an overabundance of road construction projects going on in the Chicagoland area, Chicagoans trying to leave the city for the long holiday weekend, could be facing even longer drive times than in recent years.

At least that’s what some traffic experts think.

Parking, Driving Changes Coming To Ridge Avenue?

Some Chicago drivers use Ridge Avenue, to travel to and from the north suburbs to the northside of the city proper.

Many north suburban drivers use it as the most expedient way to get from home to Lake Shore Drive and ultimately their downtown job, and then back again in the evening.

But, according to the Sun-Times, changes may be down the road for Ridge Avenue.

Sun-Times transportation writer Mary Wisniewski, does a bangup job covering the competing points of view up in Edgewater and Rogers Park.

It seems the Chicago Department of Transportation, on the request of Ald. Mary Ann Smith (48th) did a study on how to improve things along Ridge.

ALERT!: Cubs Night Games Tuesday & Wednesday

The Cubs return to Wrigley Field for a home stand today, by kicking off a three game stand against the Los Angeles Dodgers with two back to back night games.

Both games get started at 7:05 PM.

But drivers without proper passes, stickers or private parking should get the heck out of Wrigleyville no later than 5 PM.

Well, unless you like being ticketed and towed to the auto pound, which is always a hilarious time.

‘Can Police Mail Tickets?’ Local Magazine Answers

Time Out Chicago, a weekly mag where local scenesters normally find the bleeding edge, painfully hip, bars, restaurants, clubs and other hot spots in the city, weighs in with some parking ticket wisdom this past issue.

In their weekly column, “Around Town–What’s up with that?” some dude named Matt wants to know if it’s legit when a parking violation is received by mail, but never received the original ticket on his car. “Can police just send tickets in the mail without warning?,” asks Matt.

Regular readers to The Expired Meter know the answer and that is…of course they can. That’s why the city sends out violation notices after the initial ticket.

The magazine, talks to police spokesperson Anne Dwyer, who explains that sometimes tickets will blow off in the wind, and that’ why the city also sends a violation notice in the mail.

Parking Meter Patented 72 Years Ago Today

72 years ago today, May 24, 1938, patent, #2,118,318 was issued by the U.S. Patent Office for the Coin Controlled Parking Meter.

Magee was a lawyer and newspaper publisher in Oklahoma City, OK.

Magee actually had some help from Gerald A. Hale and Professor H.G. Thuesen of Oklahoma State University.

Gee, thanks guys! Motorists around the planet curse your memory.

Check out these great drawings from the original patent.

Online Sales For Chicago City Stickers Start Today

Renewal Notices Are Already In The Mail

Attention Chicago drivers- it’s city vehicle sticker season again!

And you can jump to the head of the line today, as online sales for 2010 city stickers, residential parking permits and daily guest passes is now officially open for business at the Chicago City Clerk’s website.

Actually, the Clerk’s office had their online sales up and running a few days ago, this past Thursday, as part of a beta test of sorts, before making the official announcement.

“We had a soft launch to make sure everything was working OK,” said City Clerk spokesperson Kristine Williams. “In the first three hours, we had already sold 100 stickers.”

In addition, according to Williams, some of the 1.3 million city sticker renewal notices started going out in the mail Monday, May 17th, five days earlier than last year. The entire mailing should be completed early this week.

However, Williams says, unless you’re a senior citizen, you don’t need your renewal form in order to purchase your city sticker online.

Holy Parking Ticket! Batman & Robin Say ‘Feed Your Meter’

“No policeman is going to give the Batmobile a ticket,” exclaims Robin the Boy Wonder to Batman, moments after parking the Batmobile to go kick some super villain butt.

Maybe not a cop, but don’t put it past one of Chicago’s hard nosed Parking Enforcement Aides.