Category Archives: Boot

Booter Charged With Bribery For Letting Driver Off The Hook

The Denver boot immobilizes another Chicago scofflaw.

The Denver boot immobilizes another Chicago scofflaw.

City booters nail thousands of vehicles a year with Denver boots for unpaid parking, red light and speed camera tickets.

But now, one of the booters has been nailed by a criminal indictment for accepting a bribe from a driver in return for “not towing” the motorist’s vehicle according to a report by the Chicago Inspector General.

The revelation of the March 3rd indictment of Department of Finance employee Leon Brown came in a quarterly report from Inspector General Joeseph Ferguson.

Good Samaritan Returns Denver Boot To City

Denver boot returned to city

A goodhearted Chicago driver decided to return a Denver boot back to the city–at least according to this recent photo posted on Facebook.

Our theory is, someone from the city “accidentally” affixed a boot on their vehicle so the driver decided to remove the boot, along with tire from their car.

So the kind motorist, knowing the city is broke, returned the city’s lost boot to the City of Chicago Department of Revenue location at 2006 E. 95th Street.

This photo was posted by Abiola Oluwajimi on his Facebook page.

Hat tip to Elsie V.

Booted Chicago Police Car?

Booted Cop Car

Fake or real?

Unfortunately, we cannot ascertain the veracity of this photograph–but wouldn’t it be hilarious if there’s any truth to the image.

Knowing the state of the internet, there’s a distinct possibility it’s some sort of photoshopped prank.

No matter. Whether faked or truth, it certainly worth a chuckle on a Monday.

Mayor Proposes Boot Fee Hike As Part Of 2016 Budget

The Denver boot immobilizes another Chicago scofflaw.

The Denver boot immobilizes another Chicago scofflaw.

In his scramble to raise cash for a budget bleeding in red ink, Mayor Rahm Emanuel quietly introduced an ordinance which would substantially raise the cost for scofflaws caught by the city’s boot crews.

According to the Sun-Times the fee would jump from the current $60 to $100 under a proposed ordinance.

City spokesperson Molly Poppe told the Sun-Times “The city has not raised boot fees in over ten years, so we are raising the fines to better align with the costs of booting a vehicle.”

The price increase is part of a broader ordinance that would finally bring self-releasing boots to Chicago. The idea has been floating around city hall for almost a decade and would speed up a driver’s ability to pay old fines, remove the boot and get back on the road. Often, even after paying, it can take many hours for a boot truck to return to the booted vehicle to release the boot.

Dairy Queen Boot Dispute Shocks North Shore Suburb

global-bootPeople don’t like it when their car gets booted–especially when all they want is an ice cream cone.

A disagreement over a vehicle booted in a strip mall parking lot grew heated and then violent last week when a man parked in the lot, but then walked over to the adjacent Dairy Queen according to Pioneer Press.

Earlier this year, the property management company of a Wilmette strip mall hired Chicago Parking Management, a private booting firm, to enforce parking restrictions on their property. The problem was that drivers would use the strip mall parking lot to park and not to patronize the businesses in the strip mall, but to purchase something scrumpdillicious from the popular Dairy Queen.

Private Booting Expands To More Chicago Neighborhoods

Booting of vehicles on private property is now legal in 28 of Chicago’s 50 wards according to DNA Info.


Private booting is a type of parking enforcement on private property that is an alternative to towing. If a driver parks a car in a parking lot but walks off the property without patronizing one of the property’s businesses, an attendant will place a boot on their car and only release it after paying hefty fines up to $140.

Global Parking Management seems to be the only company in the city engaged in this business and has many client parking lots in Lakeview, Wicker Park and other heavily congested neighborhoods where motorists often abuse parking lots to shop elsewhere.

It’s a controversial practice that, while legal, leaves many motorists very angry.

Private booting is allowed on a ward by ward basis. Some wards allow it, but others do not.

So when the Chicago City Council redrew ward maps with new boundaries that began in 2015, Global Parking Management lost some clients because those businesses were now located in a ward that didn’t allow booting.

Parking Patrons Risk Boot At Wilmette Dairy Queen


Who knew a soft serve ice cream cone could cause so much controversy?

Up in north suburban Wilmette, if you try to park your car in a strip mall parking lot to pickup a scrumpdilicious ice cream cone at the Dairy Queen, your vehicle risks being booted.

The Dairy Queen is popular during the summer up there.

So much so, DQ’s parking lot can’t handle all the cars and some times drivers use the strip mall parking lot next door to park there cars to score their cone–and that’s annoying the business owners in the strip mall who want the spaces free for their customers.

City Hall Explores DIY Denver Boot Release Program

The Denver boot immobilizes another Chicago scofflaw.

The Denver boot immobilizes another Chicago scofflaw.

Chicago drivers dread getting booted–that is–the bright yellow Denver boot.

But now, getting booted–or at least getting the boot removed may become much easier.

The city has recently issued an RFP (request for proposal) for a vendor to provide some sort of “self-release vehicle immobilization devices,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Unfortunately, city motorists will sometimes come back to their vehicle to find one of these metal vehicle immobilization devices attached to a tire due to unpaid parking tickets.

CBS 2 Showcases Global Parking’s Booting Tactics On SW Side

According to CBS 2 News, Global Parking Management is booting a lot of cars in a parking lot on Archer and Central.

Private Booting Headed To 45th Ward

Booting vehicles in private parking lots may be coming to the northwest side’s 45th Ward according to DNA Info Chicago.

Alderman John Arena (45th) recently introduced an ordinance to allow the practice in his ward.

Private booting allows the owner of a parking lot to enforce the vehicles which park in their lot by immobilizing vehicles whose drivers park in the lot but then leave the premises. Private booting is seen as alternative to towing as a way to make sure vehicles are not trespassing on the property and/or to make sure parking spots are available for shoppers who want to patronize businesses where the lot is located.

According to the story, about half the city’s wards allow private vehicle immobilization.