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Procrastinating motorists are catching a break with a 24-hour extension to purchase their Chicago city stickers due to a computer glitch affecting sales at area currency exchanges.
Just hours before the midnight deadline for vehicle owners to purchase Chicago city vehicle stickers, the computer network used by currency exchanges for sticker sales experienced problems causing significant delays to transaction times according to the City Clerk’s office.
This means drivers will have another day before the $60 late fee kicks in and before Chicago police, parking enforcement aides and other ticket writers begin issuing $200 tickets for non-compliance. City sticker enforcement and late fees will now go into effect will at 12:01 AM on Thursday, July 17th.
According to City Clerk’s spokesman Patrick Corcoran the issues occurred between 6 PM and 8:30 PM which resulted in longer lines and wait times.
“While this issue only spanned a two to three hour window of time exclusively at currency exchanges, we took quick action to extend the grace period for a day because we want to help people come into compliance,” said Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza in a statement. “We appreciate our customers’ patience as we worked through this glitch.”
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
July 15th is the last day of the grace period the city allows for drivers to buy and display their annual city sticker. Vehicle owners have until midnight to comply or risk a $200 parking ticket–for every day they don’t have a sticker.
“These tickets and fees are very steep,” said City Clerk Susana Mendoza. “Please, go on social media, call your friends and family and do what you can to tell people you know that they need to make sure they purchase and display the new 2014 vehicle sticker – it’s the pink one – on their windshield. If not, they could wake up Wednesday to some expensive tickets and late fees.”
Breathe a big sigh of relief all you city sticker procrastinators.
There’s still time to order your Chicago city vehicle sticker online to get it by the end of the grace period on July 15th.
According to the Chicago City Clerk’s office, their staff is working so efficiently, you can order using the Clerk’s EZ>BUY system by anytime Monday, July 7th and still have your sticker mailed to you in time.
“In the past, we have recommended against buying your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker online after June 30, but, this year, our turnaround times have been so fast that we are moving that recommended deadline to Monday, July 7,” City Clerk Susana Mendoza says in an e-mail blast.
Close to 250,000 drivers have purchased their city stickers online this year.
If a vehicle does not have a city sticker displayed by July 15th, a ticket will cost drivers $200. In addition, vehicle owners will have to pay a $60 late fee in addition to their city sticker fee.
With temperatures nearly reaching 90 degrees Monday, some procrastinating car owners waited in long lines to purchase their annual city vehicle sticker around the city.
Outside the Department of Finance location at 2550 W. Addison, across the street from Lane Tech High School, people waited in a line several hundred deep and wrapping around the corner of the strip mall where the city payment center is located.
Monday, June 30th is when the 2014 city sticker officially expires and people were rushing to get their sticker purchased before the deadline–despite the fact a grace period allows motorists until July 15th to purchase a sticker without penalty or with fear of a parking ticket.
At the front of the line outside the facility, a group of people said they had been in line for nearly four hours.
“We came here at around 11,” complained Jose Sigxue. “It’s too slow. I think the people here are working too slow. For people who have little kids here–it’s no good.”
With Chicago city sticker sales poised to begin the transition to year round sales this spring, the City Clerk’s office announced some other changes to the program including doing away with the traditional 15-day grace period before enforcement begins.
As Chicago drivers are well aware, from time immemorial Chicago city stickers had to be purchased between May and the end of June. With city stickers officially expiring on June 31st of each year, drivers were always allowed a 15-day grace period to come into compliance before they could be ticketed for not having a city sticker on their car’s windshield. Tickets for failure to purchase and/or display a city sticker is $200.
Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza just released a new video explaining how year round city stickers will work in 2014.
City sticker sales will remain the same as previous years, but the Clerk’s office will use this year to educate drivers about the changes next year to hopefully make sales next year as painless as possible.
This weeks Chicago City Council saw the passing of two ordinances that will affect the vehicle owners in Chicago.
Year-Round City Sticker Sales
City Clerk Susana Mendoza’s proposal to dramatically change Chicago city sticker sales from one month out of the year to year-round sales sailed through the City Council with overwhelming approval.
While city sticker sales will begin in mid-May, the transition to a year-round model similar to the state’s model for renewing license plate stickers will begin in 2014. City stickers will have to be renewed annually six months after the month a vehicle’s state license plate sticker expires.
Say goodbye to standing in long lines to buy your City of Chicago vehicle sticker.
The annual tradition of a million-plus city car owners rushing to buy their city stickers over the course of several weeks in May and June is coming to an end.
Starting next year, the City Clerk’s Office will transition to a year-round sales process — one similar to how drivers renew their State of Illinois license plate stickers in the same month every year.
City sticker renewals will be required six months from when a vehicle’s state registration is renewed. For example, if your license plate is renewed in January, your city sticker must be renewed in July.
The summer 2013 city vehicle sticker will be the last time most residents receive a June-to-June sticker renewal, City Clerk Susana Mendoza said. The June-to-June renewal schedule will remain for people over 65 years old.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
If you’re not familiar with Vice Magazine, you’re not alone.
Vice is a hipster jackass magazine that is read by cooler than thou twenty somethings who essentially think that, (beyond the few thousand people who actually read the publication) everyone else in the world is contemptibly and tragically uncool.
While snark tends to be the lifeblood of this publication, it’s humor can range from unfunny juvenile exploration of all things scatological to purile but hilarious, well written pieces which induce spasms of fall of the couch laughter.
Recently, a Chicago-based contributor to Vice named Fred Sasaki, for some unknown reason, puts the Chicago City Clerk’s office in his comedic crosshairs and engages someone in that office in a series of emails.
Over the course of just a few weeks every spring and summer, the Chicago City Clerk’s office sells over 1 million city vehicle stickers.
In person lines for city stickers are often long, patience is tested and in some cases tempers flare.
But this once a year tradition of purchasing a city sticker looks like it might end soon–perhaps as early as next year.
Wednesday, during City Council budget hearings, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza told City Council members her office was working toward going to a year round sales model similar to how the Illinois Secretary of State’s office handles license plate renewals.
“…Next year, we’re looking to go to year-round city sticker sales,” said Mendoza in her opening remarks. “This is an ambitious undertaking, but everything we’ve learned up to this point demonstrates that it’s not only achievable, but will be a more convenient customer experience
with a positive budget impact. We’re confident that with your support and feedback, we can make this happen.”