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10 Student Finalists Announced For Sticker Design Contest
Since it’s going to be stuck to your car’s windshield for 12 months, you might as well cast your vote.
Now is the time to do it as voting opened Sunday for the public to choose the design for the 2012-1013 Chicago city sticker.
Each year, the Chicago City Clerk’s office gives drivers a chance to vote to choose one of the ten design finalists in its annual City Vehicle Sticker Art Design Contest. The winner will become next year’s city sticker.
In its 17th year, which allows Chicago high school students a chance to see their artwork on nearly every car registered in the City of Chicago, had nearly 240 entries this year from 44 different schools.
“The art contest is a great way for our students to be involved in their city government,” said City Clerk Susana Mendoza “Last year more than 20,000 Chicagoans voted on their favorite city sticker design. Each of our students worked very hard on their creations and I hope all Chicagoans take a minute to visit our website and cast a vote for their favorite city vehicle sticker!”
Not just on TV, in publications or on billboards, but on more uncommon objects or places, like the side of trains, on sidewalks, the facades of vacant buildings or even in public restrooms.
In the spirit of this creeping commercialism, advertising sponsorship on your Chicago city sticker is one step closer to reality for next year.
The City Clerk’s office has issued a Request for Information (RFI) through the city’s Department of Procurement, the first step in the process of securing a sponsor for the windshield decal.
City Clerk Susana Mendoza Shows Drivers How To Get That Darn Sticker Off Your Windshield
With Chicago city sticker season coming to an end, The Expired Meter thought it might be helpful to readers to produce an instructional video on how to get last year’s city sticker off your windshield.
We tried to find an expert on this matter so we contacted the Chicago City Clerk’s office–the city agency in charge of selling the 1.3 million city stickers sold every year to see if City Clerk Susana Mendoza could help us out.
Tips For Staying Out Of Long Lines For Friday’s Deadline
The Friday, June 15th deadline is looming and thousands of Chicago drivers still have not purchased their 2012 city sticker.
City drivers caught without a Chicago city sticker starting July 16th, risk a $120 ticket per day, in addition to a $40 late fee on top of the $75 fee for the sticker.
And don’t think your chances for being caught are low. Au contraire, mon frère!
According to the Department of Revenue, ticket writers wrote just under 70,000 tickets for failure to display a Chicago city sticker in the six weeks following the July 15th deadline in 2008, and just slightly less the following year with a total of 68,798 in 2009. That’s roughly 31% of all tickets for a city sticker violation in that six week period between July 15th and August 31st.
The trick now, with just days and hours before the city sticker deadline hits, is to avoid the long lines that come every year at this time.
Here are some tips for the procrastinating drivers still in need of their 2012 city sticker.
Enforcement Begins Saturday With $120 Tickets
The Chicago City Sticker sales seasons enters its last and final week, with sales officially ending Friday at midnight.
City sticker season began this past June 1st and runs six weeks until July 15th to allow every driver with a car registered in Chicago to purchase the $75 vehicle sticker. Larger vehicles, over 4500 pounds pay $120.00.
City Clerk officials are bracing for long, long lines at City Hall and the Clerk’s two satellite offices, as well as Department of Revenue payment centers around the city. Procrastinators are encouraged to go sooner than later to avoid brutal lines at the end of the week.
“While we are slightly ahead of sales this year, we always anticipate long lines
as the deadline to purchase city stickers nears,” says City Clerk spokesperson Kristine Williams. “No matter how many options we provide for people to buy their sticker early and avoid the long lines, there will always be people who wait until the last minute.”
Most people would say “who gives a crap?” Some might be puzzled. “Isn’t Rahm Emmanuel and Susana Mendoza in office now?”, they’ll say.
Many others, probably understand that it takes time to print anything–especially 1.3 million city stickers. Printing something as complex as a city sticker takes months, a process that would have to begin well before the February elections even took place.
Website Opens 2 Weeks Ahead Of In-Person Sales
Cut in line Chicago drivers.
The City Clerk’s website is officially open for online city sticker sales, nearly a week earlier than last year and nearly two weeks before in-person sales for city stickers begin June 1st.
“More than 1.3 million vehicle stickers are sold each year. I want to continue to work to make the process of buying your city sticker as easy as possible,” says newly minted Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza. “Purchasing it online is simply the most convenient way to buy your sticker – it only takes a few minutes and there is no additional fee to buy your sticker online.”
Online sales actually began quietly this past Monday to make sure the newly updated website was working properly. So far, over 2000 city stickers have been purchased via the City Clerk’s website.
Vendor Of Defective Stickers Has 4 Years Left On Contract
But almost as soon as sales had begun this year, the City Clerk’s office had discovered an embarrassing problem with the 2010-2011 city vehicle stickers.
They didn’t stick.
Many of the $75 city stickers were defective and began peeling off car windshields because they lacked enough adhesive to actually remain permanently affixed.
Don’t forget the Vehicle Sticker Art Design Contest deadline is just two weeks away.
Chicago City Clerk, Miguel del Valle is reminding all Chicago high school students that the deadline to enter the contest is 5 PM on Friday, November 5th.
“Last year more than 300 students entered the contest,” said Clerk del Valle. “It is a wonderful way for students to become involved in city government, showcase their artistic talents and possibly be seen on 1.3 million cars in Chicago.”
Clerk’s Office Mailing 72,000 Postcards To Select Drivers
After getting the city sticker season off to a fast and healthy start with record breaking online sales, something happened.
Reports of city stickers that wouldn’t stick to car windshields started trickling in. The trickle turned into a flood and after some quick checking, the Clerk’s office realized they had a bit of a fiasco on their hands. An aggressive campaign to alert drivers of free replacements for defective city stickers ensued, a two week extension of the grace period was announced, and so far, over 55,000 (approximately 5% of total sales) city stickers have been replaced since mid-June.
But now, concerned some drivers who unwittingly received a defective sticker and hadn’t heard about issue and/or the free replacement policy, the Clerk’s office is reaching out again to a select number of city drivers with a postcard mailing.