Tag Archives: Chicago Parking Tickets

Video Pranksters Torment Chicago Drivers With Fake Tickets

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.

Drivers Say Cop Issued Street Sweeping Tickets On Wrong Day

Street cleaning ticket confusion in the West Town neighborhood. Photo credit: Alisa Hauser/DNA Info.

Street cleaning ticket confusion in the West Town neighborhood. Photo credit: Alisa Hauser/DNA Info.

Motorists in the West Town neighborhood got a bright orange surprise Wednesday.

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 Taking Steps To Collect Unpaid Ticket Debt, Officials Say

The city is working to collect $1.5 billion in ticket debt.

The city is working to collect $1.5 billion in ticket debt.

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.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Parking, Camera Ticket Debt Soars To $1.5 Billion Under Emanuel

Chicago's parking, red light and speed camera ticket debt has risen to a combined $1.5 billion under Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago’s parking, red light and speed camera ticket debt has risen to a combined $1.5 billion under Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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.

‘Dirty Trick’ Parking Ticket Flier Pops Up In 33rd Ward Race

A fake parking ticket critical of Alderman Deb Mell popped up in the 33rd Ward before Tuesday's election.

A fake parking ticket critical of Alderman Deb Mell popped up in the 33rd Ward before Tuesday’s election.

Better late than never–I guess.

Somehow this story escaped my Google alerts until the day of the election.

It seems fliers designed to look like Chicago parking tickets bashing 33rd Ald. Deb Mell, the daughter of former alderman Dick Mell and sister to Patti Blagojevich, were left on car windshields all over the ward just before election day according to the Sun-Times.

NBC 5 Helps Driver Fight ‘Unfair’ Parking Ticket Rulings

Sam Navin is new to Chicago.

And the city has made him feel more than welcome almost immediately issuing his truck a pair of bright orange parking tickets.

The only problem was that both tickets were issued improperly according to Navin.

The first was for having an expired truck permit, which made no sense to Navin who got his sticker just after he came to town. So he took a photo of his permit sticker, assembled all his evidence including proof of when and where he got his permit and mailed it off with a letter explaining why the ticket was issued improperly.

Unfortunately for Navin, the Administrative Law Judge ruled against him saying in his decision there was no date/time stamp on the photos he submitted as evidence. Puzzlingly, the photo of the truck permit sticker the city provided was unreadable.

Right after that, Navin was issued a ticket for not having a front plate on his vehicle–even though he says it was there. So he dutifully took photos–this time with a date and time stamp and a letter with his defense.

Parking Ticket 101: Parking Too Far From The Curb

A tape measure is your friend when fighting a parking ticket for parking too far from the curb.

A tape measure is your friend when fighting a parking ticket for parking too far from the curb.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Parking Ticket 101 is a semi-regular feature explaining to drivers the most effective ways to fight Chicago parking tickets.

We’ll work through the city’s municipal code violation by violation and give readers the best strategies for each and every one.


9-64-020 Parallel parking – Obstruction of traffic
(a) It shall be unlawful to stand or park any vehicle, except for a motorcycle or motor scooter, in a roadway other than parallel with the edge of the roadway headed in the direction of lawful traffic movement and with the curbside wheels of the vehicle within 12 inches of the curb or edge of the roadway; provided, however, this prohibition shall not apply to the parking of any vehicle in a designated diagonal parking zone or space.

Anyone with a driver’s license should know when you parallel park a vehicle as close to the curb as reasonably possible–legally, the car’s tires must be no more than 12″ from the curb.

Sometimes drivers will get sloppy and park a little farther away from the curb than they should or, perhaps a buildup or snow or ice prevents or obstructs a vehicle from parking closer.

And that’s when the tickets get written.

In the case of a “12″ from curb” ticket, the tape measure is your friend.

Fake Parking Tickets Challenge Ald. Cardenas, Cause Confusion

A political flier, disguised as a parking ticket   attacks 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas' record on issues challenging motorists.

A political flier, disguised as a parking ticket attacks 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas’ record on issues challenging motorists.

An explosion of bright orange “parking tickets” landed on the windshields of cars parked in the McKinley Park, Brighton Park and Little Village neighborhoods recently.

But, according to DNA Info, the tickets were not official city issued parking violations but campaign fliers from Pete Demay, a challenger to Ald. George Cardenas in the race for 12th ward alderman. The faux parking ticket challenged Cardenas on his support of the city’s red light and speed camera programs as well as on his vote to privatize city parking meters back in 2008.

“We thought that people should know George Cardenas’ history as it relates to voting for ordinances that hurt everyday working people,” DeMay told DNA Info.

Fioretti Proposes Parking Ticket Amnesty

Ald. Fioretti discusses his parking ticket amnesty proposal at City Hall. Photo credit: Ted Cox/DNA Info.

Ald. Fioretti discusses his parking ticket amnesty proposal at City Hall. Photo credit: Ted Cox/DNA Info.

It’s been six years since the City of Chicago offered an amnesty program to induce scofflaws to cough up the cash for unpaid parking and red light camera tickets.

But now, in the midst of a heated mayoral campaign, 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti has proposed a ticket amnesty program that would allow drivers to pay the original fine amounts for unpaid parking tickets issued before April 15th, 2014 according to DNA Info.

Fioretti, who planned to introduce an ordinance at Wednesday’s city council meeting, believes the city could generate a lot of much needed revenue from a ticket amnesty.

Politicians Work To Undo West Loop Parking Confusion

West Loop MapIt’s a cluster-park in the West Loop.

That’s what the Chicago Reader is reporting about an ill-conceived plan to keep so-called “day-trippers” from the suburbs from parking in the West Loop for free and then spending the day downtown.

The solution to the perceived problem was to restrict parking on neighborhood streets from 1:30 to 3:30 Monday through Friday.

It was a pilot program of sorts as it was initially only going to run from July 2013 to December 2013. But the signs didn’t come down in early 2014 and then the program got extended indefinitely by the City Council in May of last year.