Category Archives: Chicago Parking Tickets
What do they have in common?
There’s no statute of limitations–at least not in Chicago.
Kass points this out while spotlighting a retiree who recently received a collection notice in the mail for a $35 parking ticket from 1994.
Even ABC News is getting into the parking ticket advice industry.
ABC News’ Stephanie Zimmerman aka The ABC News Fixer, is a reporter on consumer affairs who helps viewers solve frustrating money related problems.
Recently, Zimmerman, who’s based in New York, got a letter from a Chicago driver begging for advice on how to deal with an improperly issued parking ticket and tow.
WGN TV focused their news cameras on Chicago’s parking debt crisis Tuesday, a story The Expired Meter broke several months ago.
Drivers owe the City of Chicago over $1.3 billion in unpaid parking tickets. When you add over $250 million in unpaid red light camera and speed camera tickets the totals top off at over $1.5 billion.
The worse news is that debt has been growing on average of $1 million a week since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office.
Getting a parking ticket sucks.
It really does.
But here’s some advice after you get a ticket–don’t attack the person writing the ticket.
One Chicago driver, enraged when he got a parking ticket for parking in a 24 hour no parking zone, crumpled up the ticket, told the police officers writing the ticket to “F— you, I’ll f— you up,” and then shoved one cop in the chest sending him falling into the street according to DNA Info.
After five years and a multitude of court appearances, a federal court in Chicago has upheld Palatine’s parking tickets do not violate driver privacy rights according to the AP.
Back in 2010, a driver received a $20 parking ticket in Palatine. The driver felt the ticket was in violation of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act because the ticket, left on the windshield of his car for anyone to see, inexplicably listed his name, address, license number, birthdate, gender, height and weight.
The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week Palatine’s tickets do not violate the DPPA.
If it’s old enough, you may not have to pay it according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Waukegan City Council voted last week to essentially write off nearly $250,000 in unpaid parking tickets as bad debt. The council agreed that any tickets issued prior to 2012 were too difficult to collect.
In Illinois, there’s four “criminal” acts which have no statute of limitation–murder, rape, arson and…parking tickets.
This fact surprised a suburban couple who recently tangled with the City of Chicago over a pair of parking tickets from 1991 and 1993. The couple, after receiving a recent parking ticket, were informed by the city their car was in danger of being booted for three outstanding tickets according to NBC 5.
The YouTube trouble making crew of Reality Pranks decided to play jokes on Chicago drivers a few months ago. Dressed up as a city Parking Enforcement Aide, an actor stalked private parking lots and started giving legally parked motorists “parking tickets” for fictional offenses.
Unsurprisingly, slipping a bright orange ticket onto someone’s windshield always elicits reaction–usually an explosive one.
Of course, cameras rolled as the hilarity ensues.
Drivers in Los Angeles are red up, mad as hell and are not fighting city hall, but working with it.
A group calling itself the Los Angeles Parking Freedom Initiative, after making noise about putting through reforms it endorsed as ballot initiatives, was invited by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to work with the city on parking reforms the LA Times reports.
The group is pushing to drastically cut parking ticket fines, decrease the frequency of street cleaning, build more parking infrastructure, move all metered parking to a demand based model and segregate revenue from parking fines so it goes toward improving parking infrastructure instead of into the city’s general fund.