Tag Archives: Chicago Parking Tickets

‘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.

TV Commercial: Eat Taco Bell, Avoid Parking Tickets

Feed your parking meter or use your spare change to buy something taco-riffic from Taco Bell?

That’s the conundrum the fast food restaurant poses for viewers in a new TV commercial where a young man tries to order one of the chain’s new menu items and still get back to his car before the parking enforcement officer writes him a ticket for an expired meter.

City Hall Explores DIY Denver Boot Release Program

The Denver boot immobilizes another Chicago scofflaw.

The Denver boot immobilizes another Chicago scofflaw.

Chicago drivers dread getting booted–that is–the bright yellow Denver boot.

But now, getting booted–or at least getting the boot removed may become much easier.

The city has recently issued an RFP (request for proposal) for a vendor to provide some sort of “self-release vehicle immobilization devices,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Unfortunately, city motorists will sometimes come back to their vehicle to find one of these metal vehicle immobilization devices attached to a tire due to unpaid parking tickets.

Cook County Owes City $41,000 In Parking, Red Light Tickets

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

$41,640.

That’s the total amount owed the City of Chicago for 773 parking and red light amassed by Cook County vehicles over the past 10 years according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Cook County Board is considering paying the entire amount to the city in one lump some, while also trying to collect the past due fines from the county employees who was driving the vehicle at the time of the violation.

However, since the tickets go back so far and county record keeping may not be that exact, it may be impossible to track down all the drivers. It is county employment policy to hold the employee driving the vehicle responsible for any infractions while operating the vehicle.

City’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban Starts At 3 AM Monday

Chicago Winter Overnight Parking Ban SignIt’s that time of year again.

Every December 1st, hundreds of drivers will be surprised to find their car has mysteriously disappeared overnight.

No, their vehicle hasn’t been stolen or repossessed but towed away by city tow trucks for violating the city’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban which starts at 3 AM on Monday, December 1st.

The ban effects 107 miles of what the city considers “critical arterial streets” from December 1st and April 1st each year and is in effect between the hours of 3 AM and 7 AM each early morning–regardless of snow on the ground.

Car owners will have to pay a minimum $150 towing fee, $20 storage fee per day to get their car released from the city auto pound and still have to pay a $60 parking ticket. Towed vehicles will be brought to either Auto Pound 2 located at 10301 S. Doty or Auto Pound 2 located at 701 N. Sacramento.