Ald. Waguespack, Expired Meter Announce Seminar On Fighting Chicago Parking Tickets

Free Educational Event Is First Of Its Kind In Chicago

The Expired Meter is proud to announce the very first Chicago Driver Survival Seminar presented by Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd) on Tuesday, November 30th.

This free class will teach Chicago drivers the basics of: avoiding and contesting parking tickets, red light camera tickets, speeding tickets and other moving violations, keeping the Denver boot off your car and updating attendees on new driving laws that effect pedestrian and biking safety, and much more.

The Driver Survival Seminar is the very first event of its kind in Chicago and perhaps the nation with the sole purpose of educating and empowering motorists to protect themselves from these issues that challenge drivers every day on the streets of the city.

Parking and red light camera tickets are a huge frustration for Chicago motorists and generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue for the city every year. Approximately 3.5 million parking and red light camera tickets are issued in Chicago each year–that’s more than one ticket for every man, woman and child living in the city.

The seminar was created by The Expired Meter, after discussions with Ald. Waguespack about the need for helping local drivers get a better understanding of these issues and problems.

“Any way we can provide a service to constituents in the 32nd Ward or throughout the city in regards to parking and traffic issues is always helpful,” says Ald. Waguespack. “The fact that a city resident has provided this venue is an asset to the community.”

While the website’s resident parking ticket expert, the Parking Ticket Geek, will discuss how to handle those frustrating orange envelopes left on car windshields, the National Motorist Association’s Barnet Fagel will speak to drivers about red light cameras,  speeding tickets and moving violations.  Finally, Jason Jenkins of the Active Transportation Alliance will update attendees on the many of the new driving safety laws regarding pedestrians, bike riders and cell phone usage.

“It’s a way for the ordinary citizen to take steps to protect them self,” said Fagel. “The seminar will give drivers better insight into how to navigate Chicago’s challenging streets.”

While November 30th is the first Chicago DSS, already 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney and 1st Ward Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno have committed to sponsoring a seminar for their wards. The Expired Meter hopes they can work with other Chicago aldermen and local chamber of commerce to bring this seminar to their ward and empower Chicago drivers in every corner of the city.

The first Chicago Driver Survival Seminar will be held in DeVry University—room 220, 3300 N. Campbell (near Belmont & Western), on Tuesday, November 30th from 6:30 to 9 PM.

Appropriately, parking is free.

Because seating is limited for this event, drivers must RSVP their full name via e-mail to:

Seating will be given on a first come, first serve basis, so it is recommended that interested motorists respond quickly.

For more information on the Chicago DSS, you can go to The Expired Meter’s website: or e-mail: or contact Ald. Waguespack’s office at 773-248-1330.

4 Responses to Ald. Waguespack, Expired Meter Announce Seminar On Fighting Chicago Parking Tickets

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  4. Dennis says:

    Missed this one but it sounds like good info, especially for someone who’s gotten a private boot and a parking ticket within two months of owning a car in Chicago.

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