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Category Archives: Chicago Parking Tickets

Waukegan Offers Ticket Amnesty, Makes It Easier To Get Booted

What the boot!?Carrot and stick.

That’s the strategy the City of Waukegan seems to be using on north suburban motorists according to the Chicago Tribune.

First the carrot.

The town is offering it’s third parking ticket amnesty since 1994 to try to get paid on about $3 million in unpaid tickets. Although the city has many tickets on their books that have increased with fines and penalties due to non-payment, Waukegan is willing to let scofflaws pay the original ticket amount plus 17%.

NBC 5 Does God’s Work Helps Nun Beat NYC Parking Tickets

Sister Michelle Germanson has never been east of Notre Dame University in her car.

But for some reason, the car this president of Trinity High School in River Forest owns kept on getting parking tickets from New York City.

Somehow her vanity license plate from Wisconsin which spells “TRINITY” was popping up on NYC parking tickets.

‘Dirty Trick’ Parking Ticket Flier Pops Up In 33rd Ward Race

A fake parking ticket critical of Alderman Deb Mell popped up in the 33rd Ward before Tuesday's election.

A fake parking ticket critical of Alderman Deb Mell popped up in the 33rd Ward before Tuesday’s election.

Better late than never–I guess.

Somehow this story escaped my Google alerts until the day of the election.

It seems fliers designed to look like Chicago parking tickets bashing 33rd Ald. Deb Mell, the daughter of former alderman Dick Mell and sister to Patti Blagojevich, were left on car windshields all over the ward just before election day according to the Sun-Times.

NBC 5 Helps Driver Fight ‘Unfair’ Parking Ticket Rulings

Sam Navin is new to Chicago.

And the city has made him feel more than welcome almost immediately issuing his truck a pair of bright orange parking tickets.

The only problem was that both tickets were issued improperly according to Navin.

The first was for having an expired truck permit, which made no sense to Navin who got his sticker just after he came to town. So he took a photo of his permit sticker, assembled all his evidence including proof of when and where he got his permit and mailed it off with a letter explaining why the ticket was issued improperly.

Unfortunately for Navin, the Administrative Law Judge ruled against him saying in his decision there was no date/time stamp on the photos he submitted as evidence. Puzzlingly, the photo of the truck permit sticker the city provided was unreadable.

Right after that, Navin was issued a ticket for not having a front plate on his vehicle–even though he says it was there. So he dutifully took photos–this time with a date and time stamp and a letter with his defense.

Fake Parking Tickets Challenge Ald. Cardenas, Cause Confusion

A political flier, disguised as a parking ticket   attacks 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas' record on issues challenging motorists.

A political flier, disguised as a parking ticket attacks 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas’ record on issues challenging motorists.

An explosion of bright orange “parking tickets” landed on the windshields of cars parked in the McKinley Park, Brighton Park and Little Village neighborhoods recently.

But, according to DNA Info, the tickets were not official city issued parking violations but campaign fliers from Pete Demay, a challenger to Ald. George Cardenas in the race for 12th ward alderman. The faux parking ticket challenged Cardenas on his support of the city’s red light and speed camera programs as well as on his vote to privatize city parking meters back in 2008.

“We thought that people should know George Cardenas’ history as it relates to voting for ordinances that hurt everyday working people,” DeMay told DNA Info.

Fioretti Proposes Parking Ticket Amnesty

Ald. Fioretti discusses his parking ticket amnesty proposal at City Hall. Photo credit: Ted Cox/DNA Info.

Ald. Fioretti discusses his parking ticket amnesty proposal at City Hall. Photo credit: Ted Cox/DNA Info.

It’s been six years since the City of Chicago offered an amnesty program to induce scofflaws to cough up the cash for unpaid parking and red light camera tickets.

But now, in the midst of a heated mayoral campaign, 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti has proposed a ticket amnesty program that would allow drivers to pay the original fine amounts for unpaid parking tickets issued before April 15th, 2014 according to DNA Info.

Fioretti, who planned to introduce an ordinance at Wednesday’s city council meeting, believes the city could generate a lot of much needed revenue from a ticket amnesty.

TV Commercial: Eat Taco Bell, Avoid Parking Tickets

Feed your parking meter or use your spare change to buy something taco-riffic from Taco Bell?

That’s the conundrum the fast food restaurant poses for viewers in a new TV commercial where a young man tries to order one of the chain’s new menu items and still get back to his car before the parking enforcement officer writes him a ticket for an expired meter.

Vanity Plate Causes Parking Ticket Headaches For Suburban Man

His car rarely leaves the garage, and has never been driven on the streets of Chicago. But one suburban driver is getting all sorts of parking tickets for places he’s never been.

The problem?

A vanity license plate that reads “FINANCE” according to NBC 5.

Cook County Owes City $41,000 In Parking, Red Light Tickets

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

$41,640.

That’s the total amount owed the City of Chicago for 773 parking and red light amassed by Cook County vehicles over the past 10 years according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Cook County Board is considering paying the entire amount to the city in one lump some, while also trying to collect the past due fines from the county employees who was driving the vehicle at the time of the violation.

However, since the tickets go back so far and county record keeping may not be that exact, it may be impossible to track down all the drivers. It is county employment policy to hold the employee driving the vehicle responsible for any infractions while operating the vehicle.

Comedy Video Pokes Fun At Chicago Parking Tickets

Here’s a little comedic relief for Chicago drivers and the constant onslaught of parking tickets they face every year–about 2.5 million annually.

This short is courtesy of the fine people at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival.