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NBC 5 Helps Senior Citizen With City Sticker Ticket Mistake

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A 75-year old woman thought it was just a mistake.

She opened her mailbox to find a Notice of Violation for a city sticker violation.

This was confusing since she says she had the city sticker on her windshield since she purchased it in June.

Two Proposed Ordinances Will Change City Sticker Enforcement

A car in Wicker Park sports both last year and this year's Chicago city sticker.

A car in Wicker Park sports both last year and this year’s Chicago city sticker.

Two newly introduced ordinances at Wednesday’s City Council meeting could give city drivers more leeway when it comes to city vehicle sticker enforcement.

One ordinance, introduced by Aldermen Ed Burke (16th) and Mary O’Connor (41st), will give a break to drivers who forget to display their city stickers.

Under current law, vehicle owners must both purchase and display their city sticker on the car’s windshield. However, sometimes drivers buy their city sticker but forget to put it on their windshield and get hit with a $200 ticket.

Unfortunately, drivers cannot contest this expensive ticket by saying they just forgot to display it.

This ordinance proposes to allow residents in this situation to raise this defense and present their paid city sticker receipt as evidence and have the ticket dismissed.

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek: What Happened To My ‘Free’ Sunday Parking?

Mindy gives her nemesis, the parking meter paybox a hug despite getting an expired meter ticket last Sunday.

Dear Geek,

On Sunday I parked on Halsted Street between Division and North Avenue.

As I was returning to my car, I noticed tickets on most of the cars and yes, there was one on mine. I’m a stickler for making sure I’m parked in nonrestricted areas and pay the meter, even if I’m going to be gone for 5 minutes.

The reason I didn’t pay the meter yesterday is because it was Sunday. I thought all meters were free on Sunday. There should be a visible sign posted indicating parking must be paid on Sundays. Right?

What are my chances of getting this dismissed if I contest it?


Sorry Mindy, unfortunately there’s no such thing as “free Sunday parking” in that part of Lincoln Park.

Read the rest of the answer at DNA Info Chicago.

If you have a question about parking, speed camera, or red light camera tickets or driving in the city, e-mail the Parking Ticket Geek at: info@theexpiredmeter.com

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Tim stands next to the Chicago city sticker from last year that's giving him parking ticket grief. He promised to remove it immediately.

Dear Mr. Geek,

At the start of June, I moved from Chicago back to Skokie.

I obviously did not renew my expiring Chicago city sticker since I was moving out of the city. Instead, I got my Skokie city sticker about a week after I moved.

Yesterday I got a ticket at a metered spot for “NO DISPLAYED CITY STICKER.”

I’m quite confused, because I’m not a Chicago resident, and I have a valid Skokie sticker displayed on my windshield.

I really can’t afford to pay a $200 ticket!


P.S. My car still has my old Chicago city sticker still displayed. Does that make a difference?


Last year’s Chicago city sticker is the problem.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

If you have a parking ticket question for The Parking Ticket Geek, email your query to: askthegeek@theexpiredmeter.com.

Trib’s Problem Solver Helps With City Sticker Confusion

An elderly lady owns a Honda Civic.

When she went to City Hall to renew the city sticker for her vehicle, when she got home she noticed the sticker had the correct license plate and VIN, but the wrong year and model of car. It was listed as a 2013 Honda del Sol according to the Chicago Tribune–a car which has been out of production for 7 years.

The lady called the City Clerk’s Office to try to resolve the problem, as she feared parking ticket punishment for the mismatch, but couldn’t get a call back after leaving multiple voice mails.

So she contacted Jon Yates, the Problem Solver columnist at the Chicago Tribune.

Video: On The Hunt For City Sticker Scofflaws

CBS 2 cameras went along for a ride with ticket writers looking for scofflaws who did not buy their 2013 Chicago city vehicle stickers.

Drivers who missed the July 15th extended deadline must now pay a $60 late fee and risk $200 parking tickets–every 24 hours.

Here’s CBS 2′s full story, “City Sticker Alert: Workers On Hunt For Scofflaws.”

Last Day To Buy Your Chicago City Sticker

A car in Wicker Park sports both last year and this year's Chicago city sticker.

Procrastinating Chicago drivers have until midnight Monday to purchase their city sticker or face late fees and risk heavy fines.

Chicago city vehicle stickers expired on June 30th, but the City Clerk’s office allows a 15 day grace period to give motorists extra time to slap on their sticker.

On Monday morning, City Clerk’s office spokesperson Patrick Corcoran said the lines at City Hall and other clerk’s office locations were long but he expects the wait times to increase as the day progresses.

“I imagine they’ll be steadily busy but lines will be building through the day,” he said.

Corcoran advised last minute purchasers to head to their neighborhood Currency Exchange or other community partners to get their city stickers where lines should be much shorter. While city sales locations close at 5 p.m., many Currency Exchanges are open 24 hours a day, but those who purchase their stickers outside a city office face a $5.50 convenience charge.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

5 Tips For Removing That Darn Chicago City Sticker

Humboldt Park resident Andrew Cruz, armed with a razor blade, works to remove his city sticker Monday.

City sticker season is almost over.

As many of the 1.3 million city vehicle owners begin to put their 2013-2014 stickers on their cars before the July 15 deadline, they first have to go through the pain and frustration of getting last year’s sticker off their windshields.

There are easy ways to do it, Chicago City Clerk spokeswoman Kristine Kappel said.

Kappel, who has spent many years working the front lines for the annual city sticker sales, has amassed vast knowledge on removing those darn stickers.

She said the good news is last year’s stickers are pretty easy to remove.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Drivers See Long Lines On ‘Last Day’ Of City Sticker Sales

Lines to buy Chicago city stickers flow out the door of the city payment center at 2550 W. Addison St. Friday morning.

The line to buy a Chicago city vehicle sticker flowed outside the Chicago Department of Finance Office at 2550 W. Addison St. and down the length of the strip mall where the office is located.

Hundreds of Chicago vehicle owners patiently queued up Friday morning, the last business day to buy a city sticker before last year’s stickers expire on Sunday.

The same scenario was playing itself out at City Hall and other finance department and City Clerk satellite locations across the city Friday, with some people waiting up to two hours according to city employees.

“I didn’t know the lines would be this long,” Northwest Side resident Oscar Smith said as he waited to buy his sticker at the Addison office. “I think it’s kind of crazy.”

“This is disgusting,” railed Santo Pompilio, who also lives on the Northwest Side. “After all the money they get from city stickers we have to deal with this? I have five cars with the City of Chicago. All they want is money, money, money.”

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Hi Geek,

Yesterday, I received a ticket for parking during rush hour on a street where parking is not allowed from 4-6pm.

Clearly my fault.

However, the officer who issued the ticket forgot to mark which state my license plate was from, which is Wisconsin.

Can I use this mistake to get out of the ticket? Please let me know if there is any hope for me.




You totally dodged a bullet on this one…