Ticket Writer Charged With Taking Bribe To Make Parking Ticket ‘Disappear’
While the Chicago Sun-Times’ gossip columnist Michael Sneed is reporting about Parking Enforcement Aide Jamila Judkins recently charged with taking a $20 bribe in the form of a personal check to make a parking ticket disappear, the original alleged incident of bribery is nearly three years old.
The alleged bribe took place in March, 2009 in the West Rogers Park neighborhood and was originally reported on Ken’s Blog a week after the original incident with all the juicy details.
This site had reached out to the young man who wrote the $20 check in May, 2009 to get more information and try to confirm some of the details. He responded, and asked for us to keep his name out of any story.
Ultimately, when we didn’t get a response from the driver after tendering some followup questions to the original email, and therefore unable to confirm what we thought were crucial details, we decided against publishing the allegations at the time.
But here’s what he said in his email to our original inquiry.
“I was parking on Devon Ave. to go to the bakery. When I got out of the bakery I saw a meter maid giving me a ticket for not paying the meter. When she saw me she said, “since I went in and out of the bakery in five minutes she wasn’t going to give me the ticket”. I told her thank you and began to get into my car. She then said that when she let’s people off she usually gets a little something in return a small fee to her for $20.00. I told her I did not have any cash, and that I only had a check book. She then said I should go into my car and to write the check out to her name. So I went into my car and wrote her the check. She then walked off to go to the bank. When I got home I told my father what happened and he immediately canceled the check. We then went to the police station to file a report. The investigator then called me a few weeks later and had me pick out her picture.
According to one source within the Department of Revenue, Judkin’s alleged bribe finally became an issue within that department three to four months ago and from additional sources, this site has confirmed Judkins has not been writing parking tickets as far back as September of this year.
One PEA who asked not to be identified, says she has been offered bribes several times over her career as a ticket writer for the city. Additionally, PEAs who are offered any sort of compensation for non-suiting a ticket are supposed to report the incident immediately to DOR security.
The main worry for this particular PEA is that Judkin’s alleged actions undermine the public’s trust in PEAs as she wants drivers to know the vast majority of ticket writers are “honest, hardworking people” who have too much integrity to ever accept a bribe.