Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Tim stands next to the Chicago city sticker from last year that's giving him parking ticket grief. He promised to remove it immediately.

Dear Mr. Geek,

At the start of June, I moved from Chicago back to Skokie.

I obviously did not renew my expiring Chicago city sticker since I was moving out of the city. Instead, I got my Skokie city sticker about a week after I moved.

Yesterday I got a ticket at a metered spot for “NO DISPLAYED CITY STICKER.”

I’m quite confused, because I’m not a Chicago resident, and I have a valid Skokie sticker displayed on my windshield.

I really can’t afford to pay a $200 ticket!


P.S. My car still has my old Chicago city sticker still displayed. Does that make a difference?


Last year’s Chicago city sticker is the problem.

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9 Responses to Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

  1. 019 Distrcit PO says:

    Just an FYI…

    It’s been mentioned on this site before…

    If you are displaying a previous year Expired City Sticker..City Ticket writers are legally allowed to Cite you for it. Most of us, if we see 2 different city stickers…say an Expired Chicago with a Current/Expired Other Cities Sticker; we will run the registration to check.

    Now heres the thing…

    If we run your plate, and the registration information comes back Chicago…easy 200.00 ticket if you don’t have the current years city sticker DISPLAYED on the Windshield.

    If your registration comes back outside of Chicago…say Skokie like in Tim’s case…but you still have the Expired Chicago Sticker on your windshield… That’s actually Improper Display of City Sticker…and a 30.00 Ticket.

    Vehicles that belong to Non-City Residents do not have the right to display an Expired City Sticker. Period. Get them off when you move out of Chicago.

  2. Mike says:

    019 Dist PO
    That may be the law but that’s plain silly. Well city law. If the plates are registered somewhere besides Chicago, it shouldn’t matter what’s on the windshield. Some of the old stickers are cool to look at (makes me feel old) but don’t mean anything because they’re out dated. Writing a city sticker violation on a vehicle that’s registered elsewhere is just lazy work on whoever is writing the ticket.

  3. Pete says:

    Pull off the expired sticker. It’s not hard. Just grab it by the corner and pull slowly. Why is this so hard for some people? I support ticketing those idiots that have 5 years of expired stickers junking up their windshield.

  4. 019 Distrcit PO says:


    Improper Display of City Sticker used to be a solid 120.00$ ticket that was not dismissible.

    It is now a 30.00$ non-dismissible ticket (kick in the rear) for being to lazy to remove it or put it in the correct location.

    I was working VRI the other day and drove around all day just doing Improper Display tickets….wrote 75 of them in the shift and my Sgt and Lt were happy.

  5. The Parking Ticket Geek says:


    “Why is this so hard for some people?”

    You’re making me laugh! Thank you!

  6. Drew says:

    I hear that one a lot.

    Or “do you know how hard it is to take them off the windshield?”

    Or “but I like my collection of 12 city stickers”

    Or “What do you mean I have to actually put the sticker on the windshield”

    Of course…I mainly work in Wards 43, 42, 46, 47, 48, 50, 32, 38 or 1.

    You know…Yuppie Central.

  7. Greg says:

    I understand this is an ordinance. I understand this may not be hard to do. But it also seems like another of the many laws Chicago has created not for any logical reason except for the city to find another way to grab some cash. A law that no one would even think exists because it doesn’t exist in most other cities and has no logic. I am waiting for the day the city comes up with a law that says it is illegal to park on the west side on the street on cloudy Tuesdays, and make it a non-dismissible ticket.

  8. Drew says:

    Oh Greg..

    Once upon a time…Improper Display was actually: No or Improper Display of City Sticker for $120.00.

    When the Fine for No City Sticker was increased in 2012 to $200.00 the Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Committee separated the ordinance into 2 paragraphs and dropped the fine for Improper Display from $120.00 to $30.00.

    As for easy cash grab. How often do you park your vehicle within 12 inches from the curb? Or you leave 1 wheel On the Curb?

    And I’ve sent an ordinance amendment request to the TPSC for an Overnight Parking Ban on Non-City Stickered Vehicles that do not display a guest pass with a 50.00 fine.

  9. David says:

    An overnight by on non city stickered cars without guest passes? And where in the hell do I get guest passes? I on’t live in a zoned area. And what if I need a rent a car. This is a stupid nd unnecessary law. Move the wheel tax to the State and make it part if plate renewal.

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