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City Tows 11 Tow Trucks In Investigation Of Illegal Seizures

The entrance to the heavily barricaded tow yard for Rendered Services 3601 S. Iron St. Photo credit: Casey Cora/DNA Info.

The entrance to the heavily barricaded tow yard for Rendered Services 3601 S. Iron St. Photo credit: Casey Cora/DNA Info.

A privately operated tow truck towed a car off a city street and now faces an investigation according to CBS 2.

The story starts on the far south side outside the Pullman Porter Museum, where a driver allegedly parked in a tow zone.

A manager for the museum claims her car was in a spot reserved for buses and called Rendered Services to remove the car.

The driver had to pay $216 to get her vehicle released.

The problem is, private tow companies cannot tow off the public way.

Sec. Of State Computers Crash At All Motor Vehicle Facilities

Driver's  licenseIt must have seemed liked the line that would never end–in fact it stretched across the entire state of Illinois.

That’s because the computer system used by all 138 Illinois Secretary of State motor vehicle facilities were down all day Wednesday.

Facility computers went down early Wednesday morning, essentially incapacitating all 138 locations and preventing drivers from getting or renewing driver’s licenses or vehicle license plates.

According to WBBM Radio 780 AM, some people waited for hours hoping the computers would finally come back online.

Parking Enforcement Aide Suspended For ‘Discourteous’ E-Mail

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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.

Study: Millenials Driving Less Than Previous Generations

Toy CarMillennials don’t like to drive.

That’s at least what a study by the Illinois Public Interest Research Group says.

The report, entitled Millennials in Motion says data shows miles driven each year by all Americans has been declining for the past decade. But the decrease is much more pronounced for 16-34 year olds where its dropped by 23% between 2001 and 2009.

PIRG says Millennials (people born between 1983 and 2000) are biking, walking and taking public transportation more often than older generations of commuters.

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.

Redflex Loses Another Local Contract In Suburban Tinley Park

Redflex logoThe bad news continues for beleaguered Redflex Traffic Systems.

The former vendor for Chicago’s red light camera system was banned two years ago from holding a city contract after allegations the company had bribed a former city manager hundreds of thousands of dollars to secure the lucrative contract.

While Chicago was the company’s largest contract, it has lost camera contracts elsewhere around the country resulting in a painful $3.8 million net loss so far this year according to The Newspaper.

So Redflex management probably wasn’t happy to hear south suburban Tinley Park is going to continue its red light camera program with SafeSpeed, a Chicago-based competitor, according to the Chicago Tribune.

City Council Bans Limos From Residential Street Parking

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Chicago’s message to limousine owners?

Don’t park on our residential streets.

The Chicago City Council passed a law prohibiting limousines from parking on residential streets on Wednesday according to the Chicago Tribune.

Limos join the list of other vehicles banned from parking on most streets including taxis, trucks, buses, motor homes, vans, RVs (longer than 22 feet), and semis.

CBS 2 Catches Bikers, Drivers & Pedestrians Behaving Badly

Do some bicyclists think they own the road?

That’s the question CBS 2 News wanted to answer and spent eight hours over four days videotaping a downtown intersection to find out.

Election Day Parking Advice: Vote But Don’t Get Towed

Election Day No Parking SignToday is election day and the tow trucks are out.

Polls open at 6 AM and are open until 7 PM.

Get out and vote!

In most cases, your polling place should be within walking distance.

But remember, parking restrictions to accommodate the disabled will be in place around polling places. So if you have to drive, just be careful where you park.
- See more at: http://theexpiredmeter.com/tag/election-day/#sthash.rCv3fE8p.dpuf

City tow trucks have been observed cruising near polling locations looking for scofflaws to hook up and tow away.

Parking Meter Vigilante Case Goes To NH Supreme Court


Those kooky kids from Keene, NH–they call themselves Robin Hooders–are in the news again.

And this time it involves a legal case which takes the issue of their parking meter vigilantism to the New Hampshire Supreme Court according to Fox News.

The Robin Hooders is a band of do-gooders who follow the town’s three parking attends around and plunk coins into expired meters to save drivers from being hit with outrageously expensive $5 parking tickets.

The enforcement staff doesn’t like the group’s antics and have claimed they’re being harassed while doing their jobs. In some cases, lawyers for the city claim, group members verbally attack the ticket writers saying things like “you should be ashamed of yourself” and the like.