Category Archives: Chicago Parking Tickets
Can a traditional combustion engine vehicle be ticketed for using a parking spot that’s supposed to be used for a public electric vehicle charging station?
That’s the question ABC 7 News wanted to answer.
Right now, the answer is no.
He parked his car, paid the meter via the ParkChicago app–and even spoke to a parking enforcement aide before he went to eat.
But when DNA Info columnist Mark Konkol came back to his car, and despite having 45 minutes of time left, he found an expired meter ticket on his windshield.
The ticket inspired Konkol to see if he can find out how many “bogus” tickets are written by ticket writers.
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.