Suburb Considering How Parking Tickets Are Contested
Drivers who feel they have been wronged for parking illegally there have to drive to the Cook County courthouse in Skokie to fight it.
And if they lose, they possibly face an additional $165 fee for court costs–even if the original ticket was as low as $25.
But according to the Chicago Tribune, village trustees in Winnetka are considering handling parking ticket adjudication locally.
But it’s not just for the fundamental fairness issue–it’s also to bring in more revenue. Currently, when a parking ticket in Winnetka is contested in Cook County court, the town is supposed to get 45% of fines and fees. But the town is receiving substantially less, plus many tickets are thrown out altogether by judges for expediency’s sake.
According to the Tribune, turns in the surrounding area all handle contested parking tickets differently.
Highland Park and Lake Forest use administrative adjudication for parking citations, non-moving vehicle violations and a bevy of other local ordinance infractions. Glenview and Northfield have a combined hearing process for building code violations. Northfield also has an independent process to hear objections to red-light camera violations.
Glencoe is not home-rule, but has a separate statutory authority for parking tickets and Denver boot cases.
Here’s the Tribune’s story, “Winnetka to consider local hearings to contest parking tickets.”