Tag Archives: Chicago Parking Tickets
I walked out of a parking ticket hearing today, smiling gleefully while firmly gripping the paperwork dismissing the ticket I received for parking in a residential permit parking zone back in May. It’s a happiness that needs to be shared by showing other drivers the best way to avoid and/or beat these tickets.
Residential permit parking zones restrict drivers from parking on a great percentage of Chicago streets.
The original concept for the restrictions was to make sure residents living near hospitals, CTA or Metra train stops or schools, were able to park in front or near of their homes without having to compete for spaces with visitors.
But the number of RPP zones have exploded over the past twenty years making it more difficult every year for motorists to find free parking on residential streets.
But parking tickets for RPP violations are pretty easy to avoid and not very hard to beat if you get one.
What do they have in common?
There’s no statute of limitations–at least not in Chicago.
Kass points this out while spotlighting a retiree who recently received a collection notice in the mail for a $35 parking ticket from 1994.
WGN TV focused their news cameras on Chicago’s parking debt crisis Tuesday, a story The Expired Meter broke several months ago.
Drivers owe the City of Chicago over $1.3 billion in unpaid parking tickets. When you add over $250 million in unpaid red light camera and speed camera tickets the totals top off at over $1.5 billion.
The worse news is that debt has been growing on average of $1 million a week since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office.
Getting a parking ticket sucks.
It really does.
But here’s some advice after you get a ticket–don’t attack the person writing the ticket.
One Chicago driver, enraged when he got a parking ticket for parking in a 24 hour no parking zone, crumpled up the ticket, told the police officers writing the ticket to “F— you, I’ll f— you up,” and then shoved one cop in the chest sending him falling into the street according to DNA Info.
In Illinois, there’s four “criminal” acts which have no statute of limitation–murder, rape, arson and…parking tickets.
This fact surprised a suburban couple who recently tangled with the City of Chicago over a pair of parking tickets from 1991 and 1993. The couple, after receiving a recent parking ticket, were informed by the city their car was in danger of being booted for three outstanding tickets according to NBC 5.
The YouTube trouble making crew of Reality Pranks decided to play jokes on Chicago drivers a few months ago. Dressed up as a city Parking Enforcement Aide, an actor stalked private parking lots and started giving legally parked motorists “parking tickets” for fictional offenses.
Unsurprisingly, slipping a bright orange ticket onto someone’s windshield always elicits reaction–usually an explosive one.
Of course, cameras rolled as the hilarity ensues.
Many cars were ticketed for street cleaning violations on Walton Street despite signs that don’t restrict parking for street sweeping.
Permanent metal signs restrict parking for street cleaning on the second Wednesday of the month. But cars were ticketed on what was the third Wednesday of the month by a Chicago police according to DNA Info.
City officials said Tuesday that they are taking steps to collect the $1.5 billion in unpaid tickets and fines owed the city, but said the vast majority of debt was on the books long before the mayor took office in 2011.
The Expired Meter and DNAinfo Chicago reported earlier Tuesday that Chicago is owed $1.5 billion for unpaid parking, red-light and speed-camera tickets — a potential cash cow for the city.
“Nearly 70 percent of the debt cited in this story was generated before Mayor Emanuel took office, and in fact, it is debt that stretches back a quarter of a century to before the fall of the Berlin Wall,” Susan Hofer, a spokeswoman for the Department of Finance, said in an email sent late Tuesday morning. “Many of those who owe money from two decades ago are deceased, have moved, or are otherwise unreachable.”
The Expired Meter & DNA Info reported that the vast majority of the debt, $1.3 billion, is for parking tickets, while red-light camera tickets represent $205 million and speed cameras account for $27 million in outstanding fines, fees and penalties owed to the city.
The debt is far higher than that owed to other major cities like New York or Los Angeles.
From when he first took office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken a hard line
on recovering money owed to the city — particularly when it comes to parking ticket
scofflaws or those who rack up red-light or speed camera tickets.
But under his administration, the amount of unpaid tickets and fines have continued
to grow — to a staggering $1.5 billion, according to data obtained through a Freedom
of Information Act request by The Expired Meter. It accrues at a pace of $1 million a
week, documents show, far more than what the city collects from tickets it issues.