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Category Archives: Chicago Parking Tickets

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.

Indiana Ranks First In Out-Of-State Chicago Parking Tickets

Parking Ticket 101 photoDNA Info has been crunching the numbers on Chicago parking tickets recently.

And after going through info on nearly 5 million Chicago parking tickets issued over the past two years, they keep digging up interesting tidbits of data.

In their most recent revelation, they focused on out-of-state drivers.

According to the data, 90% of the tickets issued were to vehicles with Illinois plates with the other 10% going to out-of-state vehicles.

The City’s Top 10 Most Ticketed Fire Hydrants

877 drivers who parked in front of Chicago's most dangerous fire hydrant at 1025 W. 63rd Street were ticketed in the past two years. Photo credit: Tanveer Ali/DNA Info.

877 drivers who parked in front of Chicago’s most dangerous fire hydrant at 1025 W. 63rd Street were ticketed in the past two years. Photo credit: Tanveer Ali/DNA Info.

Which fire hydrant produces the most Chicago parking tickets?

It’s in front of a liquor store in Englewood located at 1025 W. 63rd Street according to an analysis done by DNA Info.

Over the past two years,  cars at this hydrant have been ticketed 877 times–that’s an average of more than a ticket a day. The expensive $150 tickets allowed the city to generate over $48,000 in revenue from all the tickets.

And that’s more than twice the tickets of the second place hydrant located at 5558 W. North Avenue in the Austin neighborhood which racked up a paltry 372 tickets for drivers who dared to park there over a two year period.

World’s First Parking Ticket Issued August 6, 1935

Cop writes parking ticketIn August of 1935, as it is every August, it was hot in Oklahoma.

The Reverend Charles H. North, of Oklahoma’s City’s Third Pentecostal Holiness Church, drove his car downtown, and parked at a spot in front of one of those new-fangled devices called the Park-O-Meter.

The Park-O-Meters had just been installed the month before and had created sort of a hub-bub around town over those past few weeks.

North stepped out of his car, and wiping sweat from his forehead stepped into the hot and dusty street, walked to where the meter was planted in the cement in front of his automobile, and read the gadget. It demanded 5 cents to park there.

IG Reports Bad Blood Between Police & Parking Enforcement

PEA back on the ticket beat

PEA back on the ticket beat

The cops and parking enforcement workers don’t seem to like each other according to a report released by the Chicago Inspector General Office.

A public screaming match between a Chicago police officer and a parking enforcement aide (PEA) has received the attention of the city’s IG, which after investigating, found what they call a widespread animosity between the two departments.

According to the report issued today there’s a perceived rivalry between the two departments.

“In general, there is a perception of a rivalry between PEAs and police officers; a perception shared by both sides and supported by online commentary,” the report said. “PEAs believe that CPD police officers are unnecessarily targeting PEAs for abuse. PEAs asserted that CPD officers are adversarial to PEAs in certain or all districts. Police officers, for their part, felt that PEAs unnecessarily saturate areas with enforcement.”

Fox Chicago News, Other Media Outlets Cover ParkChicago Story

FOX 32 News Chicago

Fox Chicago News and a bevy of other media outlets picked up on The Expired Meter’s story on the issues with ParkChicago users getting ticketed while paid up using the app.

Newsradio 780′s Nancy Harty also had a short radio report as well.

Parking Meter App Users Wrongly Ticketed Hundreds of Times

Workers for CPM erect one of the 42,000 signs needed citywide for the ParkChicago mobile pay to park system.

Workers for CPM erect one of the 42,000 signs needed citywide for the ParkChicago mobile pay to park system.

The city’s highly touted new pay-by-phone parking meter app is being rolled out across the city, but hundreds of drivers have been ticketed even after correctly using the app to pay their meters.

City officials confirm that 317 drivers using the recently released ParkChicago pay-by-phone app have reported receiving tickets for an expired-meter violation — even though there was still time on the meter — in the first two months since the app’s rollout began in May.

Chicago Parking Meters spokesman Scott Burnham said only a small percentage of parkers who used the app have gotten tickets, although he didn’t say how many times the app had been used overall to pay meters.

The city has issued 81,868 expired-meter tickets to all parkers citywide since the app became available, although most of those went to parkers using the pay boxes on the street.

The ParkChicago app debuted to great fanfare in a West Loop pilot test in mid-April. It allows drivers to use their Android or iOS smartphones to pay their parking meter without having to walk to the parking meter paybox.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Ban Or No Ban? Parking Confusion Reigns In West Loop

Remember the daytime parking ban in the West Loop?

The one to stop the problem of “day trippers” parking for free just west of downtown and walking or using public transit to work or play downtown?

It seems after the six month pilot test, local groups and businesses complained and the ban was dropped according to DNA Info.

Residents and visitors were told the ban was no longer in effect so they could park wherever and whenever they wanted.

But according to CBS 2 News, while the ban ended in December the signs which prohibit parking from 1:30 to 3:30 are still up and some people are still receiving tickets. In addition, at least one person had their car towed due to an allegedly non-existent ban.