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City sticker scofflaws beware…Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza is coming after you.
Tuesday, Mendoza outlined many new ideas for the City Council during annual budget hearings at City Hall–including one to find and fine Chicago drivers who don’t buy their city stickers.
During her remarks Mendoza contended the transition to year round city sticker sales went relatively smoothly and will end up increasing revenues by $10 million by the end of 2014.
However, now that the transition to year round sales is complete the clerk’s database is being updated every month by the Illinois Secretary of State’s vehicle registration database. According to Mendoza this gives the Clerk’s office the ability to track down those vehicle owners who refuse to cough up the annual wheel tax–an estimated $5 million in revenue.
On the eve of the last mad rush for Chicagoans to buy their Chicago city vehicle sticker, City Clerk Susana Mendoza sat down with Chicago Tonight’s Phil Ponce for a chat.
Mendoza talks about the new year round sticker sales system, explains to drivers who have not received their sticker in the mail yet on what to do, details on enforcement and how the the over $100 million collected from the wheel tax are used for the upkeep of city streets.
It’s an informative chat.
A couple moves from the city to the suburbs this spring.
They go to the Illinois Secretary of State to change the vehicle registration and their driver’s license to their new address.
But one day after they’ve moved while visiting the city, their car gets nailed with a $200 city sticker violation.
They fight the ticket by mail and provide documentation of their new lease and a copy of their updated registration.
Surprisingly, or perhaps not surprisingly, the Department of Administrative Hearings upholds the ticket and tells the couple to pay up.
Luckily, Tribune Problem Solver columnist Jon Yates rides to the rescue.
Yeah, yeah we know…this video is two years old.
So, we’re dedicating an entire Ask the Parking Ticket Geek column to that sticky subject.
Dear Parking Ticket Geek,
So, I am one of those city sticker procrastinators. I just bought my sticker online today (June 27) and it says it could take up to 2 weeks to arrive.
Does this mean I can get a ticket before it arrives in the mail?
Don’t sweat it, Stephanie.
With drivers already standing in line behind her to purchase their 2014 city vehicle sticker, City Clerk Susana Mendoza officially kicked off the start of Chicago city sticker season at a short press conference Monday afternoon.
According to Mendoza, her office has started the city sticker sales season about two weeks ahead of the normal June 1st start date.
“We’re ahead of schedule,” said Mendoza. “We’re getting a two week jump on sales to help eliminate long lines.”
Mendoza announced this year was going to be a “monumental change” to in how city stickers are sold by transitioning to a year round sales model–just like how vehicle owners renew their Illinois license plate stickers.
The changeover means that the century-old tradition of Chicago drivers battling long lines to buy a city sticker during a small window of time once a year is nearing an end.
That’s because after this year’s city sticker season officially ends June 30, sales will convert to a year-round system much like how the Illinois Secretary of State handles vehicle registration sticker renewals.
Starting this year, your expiration date will be pegged to your license plate, with the city sticker expiring six months after your plates so you don’t have to pay both at the same time.
“We’ve had a soft launch of the city sticker sales program this week,” says City Clerk office spokesman Patrick Corcoran. “Roughly 1.3 million renewal forms should be arriving in mailboxes early next week.”
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 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.
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.
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