State Senator Silverstein Backs Off Boot Bill

Chicago drivers can breathe a sigh of relief today.

That’s because the bill introduced in the Illinois State Senate in January to allow municipalities to drastically expand the use of the Denver boot to collect unpaid city debts, has been tabled–for now.

According to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton’s (D-Chicago) office, the bill had already been assigned to the Judiciary Committee a few weeks prior. But during Thursday’s session in Springfield, it was withdrawn from its committee assignment and sent back to Assignments by the bill’s sponsor, Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago).

While Silverstein did not respond to repeated attempts for comment, staff members in both his Chicago and Springfield offices said they had received many calls voicing opposition after news of the bill was reported in the media. Crain’s Chicago Business broke the story earlier in the week.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

12 Responses to State Senator Silverstein Backs Off Boot Bill

  1. B says:

    People are now convinced that driving is a privilege granted by the government. Under this condition, anything may penalized by preventing a person from driving. Loss of driver’s license, car registration, the car itself, because people believe it to be a privilege and that a car is property the government is allowed to take.

  2. DoR Employee says:

    The Right to Travel is guaranteed by the Constitution.

    A Drivers License is NOT.

    You can travel by Train, Plane, Bus, Bike or Foot.

  3. B says:

    I suggest you research driver’s licensing. You’ll find answers contrary to popular belief. However, that doesn’t mean anything with regard to my argument. A license is a privilege granted by the government. Granting a privilege comes with any conditions the grantor wants to impose. Driving is going to become more and more condition based as time goes on. Eventually there will probably be something that is an effective equal to ‘party member in good standing’ in order to drive.

    Furthermore, one’s car is supposedly private property. However government is now apparently deciding it can now leverage its grant of privilege to seize this property. If this is successful it will become the precedent for further property seizures.

    Now, to the rest:

    There is a natural right to travel, however that natural right is effectively rendered moot in the USA.

    The TSA can prevent travelers from going by air, bus, or train as they see fit. Bicycling while not requiring a license is not free either. Not only are bicyclists hassled by cops in many places also there have been cases where violations on a bicycle were recorded against a person’s driver’s license. Not only that, bicyclists without a driver’s license have been forced to get a driver’s license so the government could suspend it etc. Also this:
    (625 ILCS 5/11-1509) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 11-1509)
    Sec. 11-1509. Inspecting bicycles. A uniformed police officer may at any time upon reasonable cause to believe that a bicycle is unsafe or not equipped as required by law, or that its equipment is not in proper adjustment or repair, require the person riding the bicycle to stop and submit the bicycle to an inspection and such test with reference thereto as may be appropriate.
    (Source: P.A. 82-132.)

    Gives a cop great leeway with regards to bicyclists.

    Walking? Again, no. There are numerous provisions of the law where people walking along minding their own business can be hassled and forced to provide identification.

    I’ve experienced it first hand myself on both bicycle and on foot.

    I believe horses require licenses these days so that’s out too.

    Simply put, all travel is now a privilege. Some is still more free than others, but none of it is treated as a right now. We can thank the idea of driving is a privilege for it too. Many americans think bicycling should be licensed. Papers please is also very popular in this country these days so long as there is a sufficient illusion constructed to mask it. Driving has conditioned the masses to this state of affairs. So it’s not likely to get better any time soon.

  4. Drew says:

    The Moment TSA or any Police Agency stops you without justifiable Cause for Stop and ID (al la the Bullshit CPD policy to Contact Card for ‘reasonable suspicion”)…

    You file a Civil Rights Lawsuit for a violation of the Privileges and Immunities Clause of the United States Constitution and of a violation of Paul v. Virginia, 75 U.S. 168 (1869) & Corfield v. Coryell, 6 Fed. Cas. 546 (1823) &Ward v. Maryland, 79 U.S. 418 (1871), the Slaughter-House Cases, 83 U.S. 36 (1873) and United States v. Harris, 106 U.S. 629 (1883).

    Driving a Vehicle IS a privilege…and not a right.

  5. REGGIE says:

    white people who make these fucked up laws are out of there minds .They always have to have control of everything .Black people have been trying to tell everyone how sick they are .

  6. Jeff says:


    I don’t think this is a black verus white issue. Remember that the speed camera law passed both the Illinois General Assembly and the Chicago City Council, with support from whites, blacks and hispanics. Passing misguided laws is an equal opportunity affair in Illinois.

  7. Remedy says:

    “B” says, “Furthermore, one’s car is supposedly private property. However government is now apparently deciding it can now leverage its grant of privilege to seize this property. If this is successful it will become the precedent for further property seizures.”

    You are correct, but if you leave your private property on City property then the City has every right to seize or remove your property off of theirs. Especially if your entitled ass refuses to pay up a debt to the City. Want to keep your property out of the clutches of city enforcement? Clean out your garage and park your property ON your property and the City will leave it alone.

  8. DoR Employee says:


    It’s a Black verses White issue because certain members of the Black community can’t let go of their Racism towards those that are not Black.

    And people like Reggie perpetuate the proof that Affirm Action is 20 years out of date.

  9. Jeff says:

    DoR Employee:

    As you and I both know, this forum is for discussing issues concerning transit/transportation issues, particulalry those concerning parking and traffic issues. Accordingly, whenever someone raises a racial, political or otherwise unrelated issue in these forums, I have to wonder why the poster simply doesn’t take those issue up in a more appropriate online forum.

    That said, I think you would have to concede that racists come in all colors. Whether any particular poster in this site is a racist or not, I don’t know. But – further to my earlier point – I would be a much happier user of this forum if discussion of such issues were simply taken elsewhere.

  10. DoR Employee says:


    But since I was born a poor black child…I can comment on them.

    But lets take it a slight step further before I go ….

    Politically speaking…a Specific Demographic keeps voting for the Morons that are passing the Laws and Ordinances that Reggie is actually sick of.

    The city has been run into a Clout system that is perpetuated by the Machine that keeps putting Democrats and the Rare Republican into office…and perpetuates the Patronage game…like Carrie Autin out south keeps hiring her family to inside hidden Streets and San jobs at the Ward Office. Or Slick Willie of 20th Ward Fame keeps getting his family juicy jobs that they don’t have the brains to actually do. Or Alderfools like Tunney and Cullerton that are actually violating Ethics Laws every minute they retain their office…but because they kiss the mayors ass on everything…the mayor prohibits the IG from charging them with the Ethics Violations and FIRING them.

  11. The Parking Ticket Geek says:


    The truth you write makes my stomach hurt.

  12. Engineer 102 says:

    Roads and public right of ways are paid for by tax dollars paid for by the Citizens of the United States. And my legal argument is that because you are taxed to pay for those roads, this in fact gives you a right to use them.

    What you all need to do is find the thugs in public office that enact and enforce these laws and recall them! Get them out of office. Another reason not to live or do business in the city.

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