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Prankster Using Parking Meters For Faux Fundraise For Emanuel

paydisplay600Somebody is having a laugh at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s expense while using Chicago’s much maligned parking meters to do so.

The Sun-Times reports of a faux fundraising scheme where someone slapped a decal on the front of parking meter pay box which reads “Re-Elect Rahm Emanuel Text your lic. plate to .”#D4M Use pay buttons to indicate your donation amount. #rahm4chicago”.

The Emanuel campaign is loudly denouncing the prank telling people who see the sticker on a meter box to call 311 to report it.

Here’s the full story, “Fake Rahm Emanuel re-election decal pops up on parking meter.”

IDOT Closes Kennedy Express Lanes For Snow Removal

IDOT logoThe Illinois Department of Transportation announced late Monday morning that the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) express lanes are closing to both inbound and outbound traffic for snow removal.

IDOT says they expect the express lanes to be fully cleared in time for normal schedule to resume when the reversible gates are switched to the outbound direction by mid-afternoon for the evening rush hour.

Even though all state routes in the Chicago area are open, IDOT will have it’s full contingent of snow plows deployed to keep roads clear and safe. IDOT says many roads outside Chicago remain snow covered with the potential for blowing and drifting show in rural sections of Cook and collar counties.

As usual, IDOT recommends motorists to expect narrowed lanes due to snow fall, allow extra distance between vehicles and expect longer than normal travel times.

UPDATE 4:30 PM: Express lanes are re-opened to outbound traffic between Diversey Parkway and Montrose Avenue.

Express lanes are still closed between Ohio Street and Diversey.

These lanes will remain closed overnight to complete snow removal in that stretch of the express lanes. All express lanes will re-open in time for the morning commute.

Illinois’ Worst Driver Get’s Arrested 22 Times

Alredo Luna has to be Illinois’ worst driver.

The 62-year old Chicago man was pulled over and arrested for driving on a revoked license for the 22nd time last week.

That’s right, he’s been arrested 22 times for being caught driving on a revoked license.

The Big Dibs Debate: Cities Take Different Approaches

A poster discourages the practice of using space savers to save a parking spot in the winter in a Boston neighborhood.

A poster discourages the practice of using space savers to save a parking spot in the winter in a Boston neighborhood.

To dib or not to dib?

That’s a question being debated on the streets of Chicago and other northern cities as the U.S. plunges into the depth of winter and it’s inevitable snowstorms.

The urban tradition of drivers using personal junk to save a parking space they just spent an hour digging out of a snowbank is deeply rooted in some cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston.

But while in Chicago DNA Info’s Mark Konkol defends the practice as perfectly aligned with the clout-laced tradition of the city, a neighborhood in Boston is pushing back against the practice.

Konkol recently wrote that reserving a parking spot is the reward for the hard work of freeing a vehicle from the icy clutches of a gigantic snow bank.

He also laid out some dibs guidelines for Chicago drivers including these gems:

Lawsuit Claims Thousands Of Speed Cam Tickets Issued Improperly


Speed cameras outside schools are supposed to issue tickets only when school is in session, right?

Well, a lawsuit says the City of Chicago issued speed camera tickets on days when school was not in session–including over summer break according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The plaintiff driver received a $100 ticket during the summer near Lane Tech High School going 41 mph in a 30 mph zone. His lawyers say that at least 34,000 tickets were issued improperly which could translates into millions of dollars in fines.

ACLU: Major Racial Disparities In Chicago Police Traffic Stops

Uh-OhA new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois seems to show that during traffic stops by Chicago police, black drivers are pulled over and searched more frequently than white ones and minorities in general are targeted for searches more frequently than white drivers.

The report, based on data obtained from the Illinois Department of Transportation, reviews the 100,676 traffic stops made by cops in 2013, and shows African-American drivers made up just under half of all stops (46%). Yet blacks make up only 32% of Chicago’s total population.

By contrast while whites make up about 32% of city residents, white motorists were stopped 27% of the time. Hispanics, which are 28% of the population were pulled over 22% of the time.

The ACLU report contends racial disparity seems more pronounced in predominately white neighborhoods according to their analysis.

City Clerk Debuts Online Residential Permit Parking Map

A screen shot of the City Clerk's new RPP zone map.

A screen shot of the City Clerk’s new RPP zone map.

Chicago drivers now have a new data resource to help them navigate city streets and avoid parking tickets–an online map of the city’s residential permit parking (RPP) zones.

Thursday, at the 1871 technology incubator located within the Merchandise Mart, City Clerk Susana Mendoza announced the launch of the map of all 1,429 residential permit parking zones located within the city limits. RPP zones cover 20% of all residential streets and more than 200,000 RPP permits were issued to vehicles this past year according to the Clerk’s office.

Mendoza explained Chicago residents were always asking for a map listing all the permit zones, but the data changed so frequently and quickly any published book would become obsolete almost immediately. She also recognized that motorists sought the data to try to avoid a $75 parking ticket if they parked on the wrong block.

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

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.


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.

Illinois Senate Passes Veto Override Of 70 MPH Bill

70 MPH signOn Thursday in Springfield, the Illinois State Senate overwhelmingly 44-5-1 to override Governor Pat Quinn’s veto of a bill that will raise the speed limit on Illinois Tollways to 70 mph.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), has been trying to raise the speed limit on Illinois expressways for the past two years with some success.

“The Governor is fond of saying ‘Let the will of the people be the law of the land,’ yet he was quick to veto legislation that was sponsored by 36 Senators representing Chicago, suburban and downstate areas of Illinois,” Oberweis said Thursday. “And today, a majority of my colleagues in the Senate joined me in overriding the Governor’s veto.”

A bill signed by Quinn in 2013 was supposed to increase the speed limit on all expressways–including the tollway and Chicago area expressways–at least according to Oberweis who authored the bill.

Parking Enforcement Aide Suspended For ‘Discourteous’ E-Mail


A group of Parking Enforcement Aides get some training and instruction in Lakeview.

A dust up between members of the Chicago Police Department and a pair of city Parking Enforcement Aides resulted in a suspension for one PEA according to according to a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General.

The more recent IG report says a PEA received a 29-day suspension for sending an e-mail to a CPD District office threatening retaliation in the form of parking tickets issued to the personal vehicles of police officers.