The Chicago Tribune is alleging the wives of two executives for a company vying for the city’s red light camera program donated $5000 each to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political campaign. According to More »
NBC Chicago writer Edward McClelland last week boldly predicted that due to Chicago’s horrible experience with it’s infamous and hated parking meter lease deal, no city will ever privatize their parking meters More »
While the City of Chicago has seemingly stepped up its enforcement events on bike riders, as in recent past years, disproportionate numbers of warnings are being issued compared to actual traffic violations–at More »
According to NBC 5′s Carol Marin, after a big bump in parking ticket issuance in 2013, this year is off to a bad start–and the so-called “polar vortex.” is to blame.
With Chicago city sticker sales poised to begin the transition to year round sales this spring, the City Clerk’s office announced some other changes to the program including doing away with the traditional 15-day grace period before enforcement begins.
As Chicago drivers are well aware, from time immemorial Chicago city stickers had to be purchased between May and the end of June. With city stickers officially expiring on June 31st of each year, drivers were always allowed a 15-day grace period to come into compliance before they could be ticketed for not having a city sticker on their car’s windshield. Tickets for failure to purchase and/or display a city sticker is $200.
It seems Milwaukee “parking checkers” have been trying to pull a fast one on drivers according to WTMJ 4 News.
Chicago’s new speed camera program continues to expand at a rapid rate with more cameras starting ticketing and warning periods next week.
On Monday, March 3rd speed cams near Gage Park (2500 block of W. 55th) and McGuane Park (2900 block of S. Halsted St.) have finished their warning periods and will begin issuing tickets.
While cameras near two schools will begin their 30-day warning period that same day outside of Pickard (2300 block of W. Cermak Rd.) and Burr School (1600 block of N. Ashland Ave.
Drivers near speed cameras issuing tickets are supposed to be fined $35 for going six to ten mph over the limit and $100 for exceeding the limit by 11 mph or more.
If you’re a driver who’s experienced vehicle damage from one of the hundreds of thousands of crater sized potholes on city streets and filed a claim with the city–be prepared to wait and wait…and wait.
In what could be the first such law in the nation, Silverstein has introduced SB2632, which states “a person may not operate a motor vehicle while wearing a mobile computing headset.” The bill is currently before the senate Transportation Committee.
Google Glass is billed as mobile computing eyeglasses which the company released to a few thousand “Glass Explorers” for beta testing early in 2013. An online demo simulating the field of view for users shows a small window in the upper right which can feature a picture, video or text message, among other displays. The glasses can be controlled by voice or by moving your head.
The $1,500 headsets are tentatively scheduled to be released to the public by the end of 2014.
Although Silverstein (D-Chicago) has not tried the eyewear, he says from his research he believes wearing the glasses is similar to texting while driving or using a handheld mobile phone while driving. Illinois banned texting while driving several years ago and a law prohibiting using a cell phone without a hands free device went into effect Jan. 1.
A report by WGN TV News spotlights one of the problems with Mayor Emanual’s free parking at meters on Sundays.
Business owners on the North Side are saying the free Sunday meters is affecting their bottom line due to the lack of turnover in the metered spaces. Some say business is down 10-20% on Sundays.
The owners argue some motorists park their car in a spot Saturday night and don’t move it until Monday morning–making it impossible for potential customers to shop in high density retail areas in Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Wicker Park and others.
The Mayor’s office told WGN TV that decisions will be made in the next few weeks.
Here’s WGN TV’s full story, “Free Sunday Parking: Good for drivers, Bad for business.”
And while crime did drop last year, the redeployment of officers from desk jobs to beat duty has had another possible outcome: more parking tickets.
After years of steady declines, the number of parking tickets issued in the city went up last year to 2.5 million, a 6 percent increase from 2012, data from the Chicago Department of Finance shows. It was the first time that the number of tickets issued actually increased from the previous year since 2008, when 2.75 million tickets were written.
While several different city agencies and private companies issued the tickets, the biggest jump last year was in the amount of tickets written by police officers, who penned more than 1 million of them in 2013. That’s nearly 170,0000, or nearly 20 percent, more than they wrote in 2012.
Police spokesman Adam Collins insisted police brass did not order officers to write up more parking scofflaws.
This malevolent sub-zero and snowy winter of 2014 has left most city streets pockmarked and bone shaking for drivers.
But the City of Chicago is fighting back by bringing in six seasonal work crews to assist the repair crews already trying to keep up with a never ending outbreak of axle breaking potholes.
The Chicago Department of Transportation made the announcement Saturday according to DNA Info.
On streets near a handful of schools, city speed cameras have started or will start catching fast driving motorists on video according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
Speed cams near two South Side schools starting ringing up expensive tickets near St. Rita High School (2600 W. 79th Street) and Morgan Park High School (11100 block of S. Vincennes Ave.) this past Friday, February 21st.
While cameras near St. Genevieve Elementary (4800 block of W. Fullerton Ave.) and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, (3800 block of W. 111th St.) will begin issuing tickets on Tuesday, February 26th.