Category Archives: Chicago City Sticker
It’s the end of an era.
For the past several decades, the last day or two of June, thousands of procrastinating Chicago drivers scrambled to buy their Chicago city vehicle sticker.
Lines stretched out the doors at City Hall, City Clerk satellite offices and finance payment centers around the city forcing motorists to wait hours to beat the end of the month deadline.
But not this June 30th.
This year, there was no frantic, last minute rush to purchase city stickers.
2014 was the last year of the annual sales for the city sticker. City Clerk Susanna Mendoza changed the system to make it a year round process where vehicle owners would buy their city stickers six months opposite the month they renew their Illinois vehicle registration stickers.
NBC 5 is reporting some older drivers are not getting their senior citizen discounts on this year’s city stickers.
Vehicle owners who reside within an RPP zone pay an additional $25 every year for their city sticker to have the proper designation to allow them to park their car within the zone boundaries.
But sometimes, residents who live just outside or adjacent to one of these RPP zones or go to work within an RPP zone can still get a city sticker with the proper designation so they can park there legally.
However, the only way to do it is by getting the local alderman to sign off on an exemption letter before going to the City Clerk’s office to purchase a city sticker.
That’s the problem Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell tackles in a recent column.
Pulgar, if one recalls, was the 15-year old kid at the heart of a controversy over his winning design in the annual city sticker design contest back in 2012.
Unfortunately, his artwork seemed to contain gang symbols or icons which could be confused with gang symbols, which prompted City Clerk Mendoza, after a few days of investigation, to tearfully rescind the offer to place Pulgar’s artwork on the 2012/2013 city sticker.
Initially, the artwork of the runner up was to be the next year’s sticker, but the artist declined citing the controversy. Ultimately, a more generic artwork, designed in house, was chosen for the 2012/2013 city sticker.
City sticker scofflaws beware…Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza is coming after you.
Tuesday, Mendoza outlined many new ideas for the City Council during annual budget hearings at City Hall–including one to find and fine Chicago drivers who don’t buy their city stickers.
During her remarks Mendoza contended the transition to year round city sticker sales went relatively smoothly and will end up increasing revenues by $10 million by the end of 2014.
However, now that the transition to year round sales is complete the clerk’s database is being updated every month by the Illinois Secretary of State’s vehicle registration database. According to Mendoza this gives the Clerk’s office the ability to track down those vehicle owners who refuse to cough up the annual wheel tax–an estimated $5 million in revenue.
After reports from vehicle owners of significant delays in receiving their 2014 Chicago city stickers, the City Clerk’s office decided to re-issue over 12,000 of the annual vehicle stickers according to the Chicago Tribune.
According to City Clerk’s spokesperson Pat Corcoran, their office began receiving calls, e-mails and messages via social media from vehicle owners about undelivered city stickers weeks after paying online or in the mail.
Research by the clerk’s office indicated that stickers ordered online and sent out in the mail on May 30th, along with a batch of stickers paid via mail renewal forms and dropped off at the post office on June 23rd were inexplicably not reaching driver mailboxes.
On the eve of the last mad rush for Chicagoans to buy their Chicago city vehicle sticker, City Clerk Susana Mendoza sat down with Chicago Tonight’s Phil Ponce for a chat.
Mendoza talks about the new year round sticker sales system, explains to drivers who have not received their sticker in the mail yet on what to do, details on enforcement and how the the over $100 million collected from the wheel tax are used for the upkeep of city streets.
It’s an informative chat.
Procrastinating motorists are catching a break with a 24-hour extension to purchase their Chicago city stickers due to a computer glitch affecting sales at area currency exchanges.
Just hours before the midnight deadline for vehicle owners to purchase Chicago city vehicle stickers, the computer network used by currency exchanges for sticker sales experienced problems causing significant delays to transaction times according to the City Clerk’s office.
This means drivers will have another day before the $60 late fee kicks in and before Chicago police, parking enforcement aides and other ticket writers begin issuing $200 tickets for non-compliance. City sticker enforcement and late fees will now go into effect will at 12:01 AM on Thursday, July 17th.
According to City Clerk’s spokesman Patrick Corcoran the issues occurred between 6 PM and 8:30 PM which resulted in longer lines and wait times.
“While this issue only spanned a two to three hour window of time exclusively at currency exchanges, we took quick action to extend the grace period for a day because we want to help people come into compliance,” said Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza in a statement. “We appreciate our customers’ patience as we worked through this glitch.”
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
July 15th is the last day of the grace period the city allows for drivers to buy and display their annual city sticker. Vehicle owners have until midnight to comply or risk a $200 parking ticket–for every day they don’t have a sticker.
“These tickets and fees are very steep,” said City Clerk Susana Mendoza. “Please, go on social media, call your friends and family and do what you can to tell people you know that they need to make sure they purchase and display the new 2014 vehicle sticker – it’s the pink one – on their windshield. If not, they could wake up Wednesday to some expensive tickets and late fees.”
A couple moves from the city to the suburbs this spring.
They go to the Illinois Secretary of State to change the vehicle registration and their driver’s license to their new address.
But one day after they’ve moved while visiting the city, their car gets nailed with a $200 city sticker violation.
They fight the ticket by mail and provide documentation of their new lease and a copy of their updated registration.
Surprisingly, or perhaps not surprisingly, the Department of Administrative Hearings upholds the ticket and tells the couple to pay up.
Luckily, Tribune Problem Solver columnist Jon Yates rides to the rescue.