Category Archives: Chicago City Sticker
Every year during Chicago’s annual city vehicle sticker season, each of the city’s 50 aldermen, host a one-day sale to give their constituents the convenience of purchasing their sticker close to home.
“Our City Vehicle Sticker sales in each ward office are always very popular,” says City Clerk Susana Mendoza. “I’m proud to partner with each Alderman to offer this convenient service, Like last year, this year I will be going to each ward sale to see our operations first-hand and hear ideas from Chicago drivers on how we can improve our sticker sales and services to constituents.”
Ward office sales kicked off successfully Wednesday with over 300 city stickers purchased at the 48th Ward office of Alderman Harry Osterman located at 5533 N. Broadway.
Second Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti proposed consolidating nine small residential permit parking zones into four big ones explains the Chicago Tribune.
The idea was hatched and the ordinance passed in the City Council. So far, so good.
But issues began when some 2nd Ward residents decided to get their 2012-2013 city stickers in late April when the City Clerk’s office made them available earlier than in past years.
One month earlier than in past years, City Clerk Susana Mendoza has opened sales for Chicago city vehicle stickers a full month early starting today.
Historically, in-person city sticker sales began June 1st for the month of June, but then drivers were given a 15 day grace period from July 1st to July 15th to buy and get their sticker onto their car’s windshield.
“We’ve made a number of changes to this year’s vehicle sticker sales process,
including extending the sales period to help reduce in person wait times and allow ample time for people to purchase their sticker,” said Clerk Mendoza. “We’ve already seen a dramatic increase in our online sales, with nearly 13,000 more stickers sold in the first week of online sales compared to last year.”
Nearly a full month earlier than last year, starting Monday, Chicago drivers can purchase their annual city vehicle stickers online via the City Clerk’s website.
Traditionally, city sticker sales have started June 1st, a date which kicked off a month of sales, followed by another two week grace period ending July 15th. Drivers who had not purchased and displayed their new city sticker on the windshield of their vehicle risked an expensive parking ticket.
However, since adding an e-commerce option for city stickers purchases to its website, the Clerk’s office has been trying to promote web sales by giving drivers a head start on vehicle sticker purchases if they buy online.
Last year, online sales began May 20th, about a week and a half before in-person sales normally begins.
But this year, the City Clerk’s office is extending the city sticker sales season by nearly six weeks by beginning online sales today, with in-person sales starting May 1st.
City Sticker Sales Start Six Weeks Earlier Than Previous Years
During an afternoon press conference Tuesday, Chicago City Clerk unveiled a new, uncontroversial city sticker design and at the same time, debuted some major changes to how and when city stickers are sold.
Clerk Mendoza announced that both online and in-person sales for city stickers will start much earlier than in previous years.
Online sales for city stickers will start this coming Monday, April 23rd on a newly redesigned, easier to use city sticker sales website called EZBuy. That’s three weeks earlier than last year.
“No one better buy their sticker by using the mail or standing in line,” joked the Clerk after showing off some of the new website’s bells and whistles.
It’s not like there are people are dying in the world or that we’re well into an election year or there are major tensions currently in the Middle East.
But the media’s preoccupation with this damn city sticker design controversy seems to be defying logic.
Contest Runner Up Asks Clerk To Pull Sticker Artwork
Friday evening, the parents of Caitlin Henehan met with City Clerk Susana Mendoza to request that Henehan’s second place artwork not be used on the 2012-2013 city sticker.
“Recent events have unfortunately taken attention away from the goal of the long-standing city vehicle sticker design contest, which was to encourage students to express themselves and the values we all share as Chicagoans and participate in their government,” said City Clerk Susana Mendoza in a statement from the City Clerk’s office released Saturday.
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
This popular idiom was never more true, and more dramatic in Chicago this week for City Clerk Susana Mendoza.
Faced with some incendiary allegations that this year’s winning city sticker design contained covert gang symbols, and with the deadline to go to press with the 2012-2013 city sticker just a few days away, Mendoza had to move quickly.
After the story originated on local police blog Detective Shaved Longcock, news media brought the alleged issues with city sticker design contest winner Herbie Pulgar’s artwork to the Clerk’s attention Tuesday afternoon. The Clerk’s office immediately reached out to Pulgar’s school, Lawrence Hall School to investigate the issue.
Standing in the same place on the second floor of City Hall where she awarded Herbert Pulgar his prize for winning this year’s city sticker design contest less than a week before, City Clerk Susana Mendoza announced her decision to change the artwork for this year’s vehicle sticker.
Poised next to Chicago Crime Commission President Jodi Weis, and visibly upset over what had transpired over the past 24 hours, the Clerk made the decision to use the artwork from contest runner up Caitlin Henehan, a senior from Resurrection High School, on this year’s city sticker.
“This was not a happy day for me or those involved,” said Mendoza. “We had a lot of tears in our office over this decision. But clearly I had a choice to make.”
Pulgar’s work came under withering scrutiny yesterday after a local blog alleged the city sticker had overt gang symbols in the design.
According to Mendoza and Weis, the symbolism in Pulgar’s artwork was too controversial for it to be printed on 1.3 million city stickers.
Is it an innocent tribute to Chicago’s police and firemen or a covert shout out to gang members?
That’s the current controversy embroiling the Chicago City Clerk’s office over the winning artwork in this year’s city sticker design contest just days before the 2012-2013 city sticker was scheduled to go to press.
The story began at the Detective Shaved Longcock website, a local blog devoted to local police enforcement news, which made the allegations that this year’s winning artwork, destined to be printed on 1.3 million city stickers, contains many symbols used by the Maniac Latin Disciples street gang.
The MLD is considered one of this city’s most violent and notorious gangs and was targeted in a crackdown by Chicago police this past summer after a shooting at park wounded two young girls.
The post goes on to accuse this year’s winner Herbert Pulgar, a 15-year old student at Lawrence Hall Services as an admitted member of the gang.
It was just last Thursday at City Hall when Pulgar, who in a moving and heartfelt speech at the awards ceremony for the design contest, said in a speech he owes his life to Chicago firemen who helped him when he caught himself on fire as a 4 year old. Pulgar prize for having the winning design was a $1000 savings bond.