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One month earlier than in past years, City Clerk Susana Mendoza has opened sales for Chicago city vehicle stickers a full month early starting today.
Historically, in-person city sticker sales began June 1st for the month of June, but then drivers were given a 15 day grace period from July 1st to July 15th to buy and get their sticker onto their car’s windshield.
“We’ve made a number of changes to this year’s vehicle sticker sales process,
including extending the sales period to help reduce in person wait times and allow ample time for people to purchase their sticker,” said Clerk Mendoza. “We’ve already seen a dramatic increase in our online sales, with nearly 13,000 more stickers sold in the first week of online sales compared to last year.”
It’s not like there are people are dying in the world or that we’re well into an election year or there are major tensions currently in the Middle East.
But the media’s preoccupation with this damn city sticker design controversy seems to be defying logic.
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
This popular idiom was never more true, and more dramatic in Chicago this week for City Clerk Susana Mendoza.
Faced with some incendiary allegations that this year’s winning city sticker design contained covert gang symbols, and with the deadline to go to press with the 2012-2013 city sticker just a few days away, Mendoza had to move quickly.
After the story originated on local police blog Detective Shaved Longcock, news media brought the alleged issues with city sticker design contest winner Herbie Pulgar’s artwork to the Clerk’s attention Tuesday afternoon. The Clerk’s office immediately reached out to Pulgar’s school, Lawrence Hall School to investigate the issue.
Herbie Pulgar was four when a candle caught his shirt on fire, burning a good portion of his body.
“I was all on fire and I was all burnt up,” explained this year’s winner of the City Clerk’s annual city sticker design contest. “My mom and the firefighters saved my life and I’m thankful for that right now.”
Pulgar spoke of his earliest first hand experience with the fire department during a short speech at City Hall Thursday morning after receiving his $1000 saving bond for his winning design honoring firefighters, policemen and all of Chicago’s first responders.
“It’s so coincidental that our grand prize winner has this background,” said City Clerk Susana Mendoza about Pulgar.
Freshman Student Wins City Sticker Design Contest
While just a freshman, Herbert Pulgar, a student from Lawrence Hall Youth Services walked away as the winner of Chicago’s 2012-2013 city sticker design contest.
This is the third time in the 17 years of the contest that a student from Lawrence Hall has won the annual competition.
Over 18,000 people voted for the designs of ten student finalists last week online and via a computer kiosk at City Hall.
“This city is very special to me, which is why I chose to create a heart filled with both our skyline and the Chicago flag, explained Pulgar about his artwork. “From the top of the heart, I wanted convey the diversity of our great city and its emergency personnel by using four different hands and the three first response symbols. Thank you for the great opportunity to share my artwork with the citizens of Chicago.
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!”
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NBC 5 and a myriad of other TV stations covered the story about police officers writing tickets for vehicles with old city stickers on their windshields.
In general, most of the stories are riddled with errors and inaccuracies. While the speculation is this spate of erroneous tickets are an effort to generate more revenue for a cash strapped city, both the Department of Revenue and Chicago City Clerk’s office adamantly deny their enforcement staffs engage in this type of ticket writing. Since the DOR does the majority of the parking enforcement in the city, this story is more likely just a set of incidents isolated to one or two north side police districts.
According to sources within the Department of Revenue, lots of drivers have been inquiring about the details of city sticker enforcement to make sure they don’t get tagged with a $120 parking ticket.
Here’s the Tribune’s version of this story, “Chicago ticketing cars with old city stickers?“
Plan Increases Sticker Fee For 355,000 Vehicle Owners
Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza doesn’t want to see an increase in the fees for Chicago city vehicle stickers.
She even campaigned against raising city sticker costs.
So it wasn’t a surprise when Mendoza, minutes after Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave his budget speech to the Chicago City Council calling for, among other things, an increase in city sticker fees for larger vehicles or SUVs and trucks, she voiced strong opposition to the measure
“I am adamantly opposed to raising any city vehicle sticker fees and this is the first I have heard of any such increase,” said Clerk Mendoza, who seemed blindsided by Mayor Emanuel’s proposal. “The large passenger sticker fee was last increased in 2007 by $30. The proposed $15 sticker price increase would amount to a 12.5% price hike in only 5 years, which is unacceptable at a time when people’s pocketbooks are stretched to the maximum already.”
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City Clerk Susana Mendoza sat down with NBC 5 to talk about her plans to hopefully secure corporate sponsorship for the back of next year’s city stickers.
Chicago firefighters and policemen who will grace the front of next year’s Chicago city sticker, when the winner of the 2012-2013 City Sticker Design Contest is announced.
The competition, sponsored by the City Clerk’s office every year, is now accepting design submissions from Chicago high school students, which if selected will make it onto the windshield of 1.3 million motor vehicles registered in the city. This year’s theme is “Chicago’s Heroes”, to honor this city’s first responders.
“I encourage all Chicago high school students to create a sticker that would honor our brave men and women who protect our communities every day,” said Clerk Mendoza. “Our annual vehicle sticker contest is a great way to participate in our city’s government and showcase the immense artistic talent our students have. Last year’s contest drew nearly 400 entries from 50 schools and I hope to increase those numbers this year!”