Category Archives: Chicago Parking Tickets
It seems Milwaukee “parking checkers” have been trying to pull a fast one on drivers according to WTMJ 4 News.
And it’s a worse idea to provide evidence of your threat by posting a video of it on YouTube.
According to RedEye, that’s what a 40-year old Country Clubs Hills man did recently and it landed him in jail.
The man was angry with the Administrative Law Judge who ruled against him and upheld a parking ticket he was issued on Milwaukee Avenue.
Instead of just paying the ticket, he uploaded a profanity laden, racist and homophobic 11 minute video to YouTube asking viewers to bomb the city hearing facility, blow up the ALJ’s car, and attack Parking Enforcement Aides and other ticket writers.
Then he mailed a letter with the link’s web address to the hearing officer.
UPDATE: Many of the commentators at Second City Cop blog, a website frequented by Chicago’s finest, are weighing in on this issue in a particularly whiny way. Thanks to 019 District PO for the tip.
Parking enforcement teams working for Chicago Parking Meters, LLC are writing expired meter tickets to drivers in the Edison Park neighborhood and residents are angry.
Residents of the far Northwest Side neighborhood and the Better Government Association are alleging the ticketing is overly aggressive.
A 75-year old woman thought it was just a mistake.
She opened her mailbox to find a Notice of Violation for a city sticker violation.
This was confusing since she says she had the city sticker on her windshield since she purchased it in June.
Two newly introduced ordinances at Wednesday’s City Council meeting could give city drivers more leeway when it comes to city vehicle sticker enforcement.
One ordinance, introduced by Aldermen Ed Burke (16th) and Mary O’Connor (41st), will give a break to drivers who forget to display their city stickers.
Under current law, vehicle owners must both purchase and display their city sticker on the car’s windshield. However, sometimes drivers buy their city sticker but forget to put it on their windshield and get hit with a $200 ticket.
Unfortunately, drivers cannot contest this expensive ticket by saying they just forgot to display it.
This ordinance proposes to allow residents in this situation to raise this defense and present their paid city sticker receipt as evidence and have the ticket dismissed.
The team actually works for Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the private company that took over control of the city’s 36,000 metered-parking spaces in the infamous 75-year deal that jacked up parking rates and lengthened the hours of enforcement all over the city.
But part of the deal the company made with the city gave it the right to help enforce the meters — by writing more tickets than the cash-strapped city’s own parking enforcers could do otherwise.
In fact, the company has very quietly issued hundreds of thousands of tickets for expired meter violations since 2010, city parking data obtained through a Freedom of Information request shows.
Meter teams working for Chicago Parking Meters now write nearly one-third of all tickets issued citywide for expired meter violations, the data shows.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
Mr. Parking Meter guy,
This morning I parked my car at Damen off North Avenue to get a cup of coffee before heading to work.
I parked my car and walked almost a block to the parking meter box to see two people ahead of me paying to park. I patiently waited in the frigid cold for about two minutes before my turn came up to pay. I put in 25 cents to pay for 10 minutes, got my receipt, walked to my car and BOOM: orange ticket on my car!
The parking ticket was issued at 9:31 a.m. but my parking meter receipt says 9:33.
Is this legal? how can they get away with this?
Boy, I really dig this woman.
Loreen Targos fought and beat the 53 parking tickets she was issued for parking her motorcycle in a legal parking spot on Randolph Street near State Street.
The spot in question, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Problem Solver column, was un-metered and was not marked with any signs prohibiting or restricting parking.
Initially, she only won 51 of the 53 tickets she contested through the Department of Administrative Hearings. On two of the tickets she was found responsible. But, being the feisty woman she is, Targos she filed an appeal to the Cook County Circuit Court which is not an inexpensive process.
I think the Calvin Evans of the self-named CalvinEvans ComedyShow does a good job capturing the feeling many Chicago drivers have trying to avoid parking tickets in the city.
It’s the parking ticket version of It’s A Wonderful Life!
Our poor protagonist, a driver parked on Halsted Street in Lincoln Park gets back to her car from Christmas shopping a tad too late before a naughty ticket writer slaps an expired meter parking ticket on the car’s windshield.
Kind employees of high end woman’s active wear retailer Lululemon generously come to the rescue and slip $50 into the parking ticket envelope along with a candy cane and a note that says, “Sorry you got a ticket, we got this covered. Happy Holidays.”