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Video: City’s Parking, RLC Ticket Amnesty In The News

Fox Chicago News reports on city’s parking and red light camera ticket amnesty program, which allows vehicle owners to pay tickets from before 2012 at face value–without any of the additional fines for paying late or collection fees.

The reporting is mildly erroneous stating that scofflaws can pay off old speed camera tickets, however no speed camera tickets would be eligible as the city’s speed camera program began in 2013.

The amnesty program lasts until December 31st, 2015.

After that date all the discounted fees would be reinstated.

This six week period is a great way for scofflaws to pay off old tickets at the original, face value of the ticket–a savings of at least 50% of what was owed.

Pulled Over By Cops, But No Ticket For Google Self-Driving Car

Who’s driving that car so slow–someone’s grandmother?

No, it’s one of Google’s self-driving cars that was driving too slow and got pulled over by the cops in Mountainview, CA recently.

It seems the driverless car was holding up traffic by going 24 mph in a 35 mph zone so the police pulled it over.

But luckily for Google, no ticket was issued because there was no driver to ticket.

City Ticket Amnesty Program Waives Fees for Next 6 Weeks

One of the approximately 12,000 parking tickets issued the first two weeks of street cleaning season.

Scofflaws, don’t delay. The city is waiving all late penalties and collection fee on parking and red light camera tickets for the next six weeks.

Chicagoans with older unpaid parking tickets, red light camera tickets and administrative hearing fines can finally catch a break on late fees and fines starting Sunday.

Facing a giant budget deficit and showing over $1.5 billion in unpaid fines from parking, red light tickets and fines for administrative citations like building code violations and drinking in public, Mayor Rahm Emanuel finally relented to calls for an amnesty program during recent budget hearings. The last amnesty was in early 2009 when Richard M. Daley was still in office.

From November 15 through December 31, the city will waive all taxes, administrative fines, penalties, interest and collection costs accrued on tickets issued before 2012.

For example, a parking ticket fine which has doubled and had interest and collection fees tacked on over the years, will be reduced to the original fine amount. With the way fees and fines add up, many people will see up to a 50 percent reduction in the amount of money they owe the city on longstanding tickets.

Unfortunately, only violations or fines from before December 31st, 2011 are eligible for the amnesty, and it only works if you pay it off in this six-week period.

Department of Finance spokesperson Molly Poppe explained that in the previous three amnesty programs, the most recent three to four years of tickets and fines were ineligible as well.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, November 13th, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERT: Southbound LSD Closures For Resurfacing Work Set For Sunday And Monday Night - Chicago Sun Times

Next Time Skyway Closes, Blame Canada – Canadian Pension Funds Buy Chicago Skyway For $2.8 Billion - Crains Chicago Business

Do-Over: CMAP Land Use Committee Approves Route 53 Report For Second Time - Chicago Tribune

Phony Civil Rights Claim Fails: Judge Makes Cyclist Pay For Banging On Police Officer SUV in Lane Dispute - DNA Chicago

Explosion in Pritzker Parking Garage Burns Five Cars - DNA Chicago

Street Justice? Judge Fines Biker Who Banged On Cop’s Car

Cyclist James Liu sits on the street handcuffed after he slapped a police officer's personal vehicle back in October. Photo credit: Ben Raines.

Cyclist James Liu sits on the street handcuffed after he slapped a police officer’s personal vehicle back in October. Photo credit: Ben Raines.

Bam! Bam!

Bicyclist James Liu says he’s was just trying to make sure the driver of an SUV knew he was partially blocking a bike lane when he twice hit the vehicle with his fist back in October.

A few moments later Liu was handcuffed and sitting on the pavement waiting to be arrested.

You see, the car he hit with his fist was being driven by an off-duty police officer on his way to work.

Liu was in court Thursday to fight his disorderly conduct citation. Unfortunately for Liu, the judge upheld the charge and fined him $290 according to DNA Info.

Liu contended he did hit the car because it was drifting in and out of the bike lane.

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, November 12th, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERT: Southbound LSD Closures Set For Sunday And Monday Night - Chicago Sun Times

Insult Meet Injury – High Winds Closed Skyway Thursday Morning, But Southbound Tolls Were Still Being Collected; Indiana Toll Road Closed To Large Trucks; Winds Bring Down Trees And Power Lines On Area Roads - CBS? 2 Chicago; Traffic Light Toppled In Lincoln Park - DNA Chicago; Metra And CTA Service Impacted - DNA Chicago; Lake Shore Resurfacing Work Delayed - DNA Chicago

City To Tax Off-Site Parking Companies At OHare And Midway - Chicago Sun Times

Rauner Turns To State Agency Funds To Pay For Road Plowing And Other Items While Budget Impasse Drags On - Chicago Tribune

Bikers Need To Deal Honestly With Deadly, Reckless Behavior -

Streetsblog Complains That Bikes Illegally Locked To University Of Chicago Property Are Being Removed/Impounded - Chicago Streetsblog

4 Day Closure Of LaSalle St. Bridge Starts Friday Night

CDOT logoThe Chicago Department of Transportation announced today a four-day closure of the LaSalle Street Bridge starting Friday, November 13th beginning at 7 PM.

Work on the new Riverwalk reqiuires new concrete piers to be installed on the project’s underbridge connection.

CDOT says the bridge will be up, and closed to all traffic until Tuesday, November 17th at 11 PM.

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Your transportation related headlines for Wenesday, November 11th, 2015


Veterans Day Today – Ceremony At Soldier Field - ABC 7 Chicago

Drivers Warned Of Storms, High Winds Wednesday Night - DNA Chicago

Humboldt Park Speed Camera Installed Near Little-Used Park, Alderman Says - DNA Chicago

Protesters Block Loop Streets At Rush Hour, Demanding $15 An Hour Minimum Wage - CBS 2 Chicago

Investigation Finds Dangerous Driving By Jimmy Johns Delivery - CBS 2 Chicago

Is New Chicago Food Cart Ban Really About Pedestrian Safety - Next City

Street Closures In Hyde Park This Week For Crane Removal - DNA Chicago

Storms Postpone Overnight Closures On Lake Shore Drive

Lake Shore Drive sign cropHeavy rainfall has postponed two nights of planned overnight closures on southbound Lake Shore Drive for resurfacing of the S-curve according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

This Wednesday and Thursday night, CDOT crews had planned to close the southbound lanes from Randolph to Oak Street to complete the resurfacing of the drive’s famous S-curve.

CDOT says the closures have now been moved to Sunday (11/15) and Monday (11/16) night from 8:30 PM to 5:30 AM.

Construction crews were successful in completing the resurfacing of northbound lanes on Monday and Tuesday night. But workers may have to close the northbound lanes of this segment Thursday and Friday night to re-stripe the newly paved roadway.

These closures were part of a project to repave north Lake Shore Drive. CDOT says crews have already completed the northbound lanes from Grand to North Avenue.

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERT: Lakeshore Drive Resurfacing Will Require Overnight Full Closures Of N. Bound Traffic Tuesday Evening, S. Bound Traffic Wednesday/Thursday Evenings, To Safely Resurface The Oak Street Curve; Traffic Will Be Detoured Onto Michigan And Chicago Avenues - DNA Chicago

This Day In History - The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald Was 40 Years Ago Today - Daily Herald; Does Anyone Know Where The Love Of God Goes, When The Waves Turn The Minutes To Hours – Kudos To Gordon Lightfoot For His Haunting, Timeless Tribute To This Great Lakes Disaster

Randolph Street To Close Wednesday In Loop - Chicago Sun Times

Christmas Tree To Close Part Of Michigan Avenue - Chicago Sun Times

Rauner May Agree To Release Gas Tax Funds To Towns - Daily Herald

Chicago Amnesty On Penalties For Old Tickets, Other Debt To Start Sunday - Chicago Tribune

How Uber Is Using An Army Of Brand Ambassadors To Convert Lyft Drivers In Chicago - Chicago Reader