Booting Up, Parking, Red Light Tickets Down
It was just last November 1st, 2009 that the Chicago Department of Revenue began 24 hour booting.
Not surprisingly, in that almost year’s time, booting is up from last year based on numbers provided by the DOR during city council budget hearings today at City Hall.
Total boots placed through August, 2009 was 41,469, according to DOR documentation. DOR booters have increased booting by 7.5% this year with 44,581 boots placed through August 31, 2010
The city’s number one ward for booting comes as no surprise, and is the same as last year. The 41st ward, where booters found easy pickings in the O’Hare Airport parking lot with 1,587 cars booted through the end of August. The 23rd ward, where Midway Airport is located is number two again with 1,540 booted vehicles. The 2nd ward ranks third with 1,423, the 27th ward was number four with 1,408 and the 32nd ward was fifth with 1,293 boots.
Here are the top 10 wards for booting.
Rank Ward Boots
#1 41 1587
#2 23 1540
#3 2 1423
#4 27 1408
#5 32 1293
#6 37 1222
#7 6 1212
#8 5 1152
#9 20 1107
#10 28 1086
While booting is up, parking tickets and red light camera tickets are both down.
Red light camera tickets are down too, with revenues down $10.3 million through the end of August for the same time period last year or 5.8% less than the same time period last year.
But based on projections, total red light camera tickets could be down as much as 11% from 2009. Last year the city issued 789,329 RLC tickets with city numbers projecting only 705,688 red light tickets issued by year’s end.
Parking tickets issued through the end of August is just 1,659,407 compared to 1,879,071 for the same time frame last year which translates into almost a 12% decrease.
Several months ago, it was revealed that Chicago Police Department issued tickets were down due to a lack of police on the streets and perhaps bad will toward the administration after prolonged contract negotiations with the rank and file.
When it comes to parking tickets, the downtown based 42nd ward was the far and away ticketing champion with 182,673 tickets issued through the end of August. The 2nd ward, which also encompasses part of the downtown area was #2 with 107,222 tickets. The 44th ward which covers Lakeview and Wrigleyville was third with 74,985 tickets, followed by the 1st ward with 70,637 tickets and Lincoln Park’s 43rd ward in fifth with 69,839 tickets through August 31st.
Here’s the top 10 wards for ticketing in the city.
Rank Ward Tickets
#1 42 182,673
#2 2 107,222
#3 44 74,985
#4 1 70,637
#5 5 69,839
#6 32 59,750
#7 25 46,932
#8 27 43,899
#9 46 43,205
#10 47 35,078