Tag Archives: Chicago Parking Tickets
The cops and parking enforcement workers don’t seem to like each other according to a report released by the Chicago Inspector General Office.
A public screaming match between a Chicago police officer and a parking enforcement aide (PEA) has received the attention of the city’s IG, which after investigating, found what they call a widespread animosity between the two departments.
According to the report issued today there’s a perceived rivalry between the two departments.
“In general, there is a perception of a rivalry between PEAs and police officers; a perception shared by both sides and supported by online commentary,” the report said. “PEAs believe that CPD police officers are unnecessarily targeting PEAs for abuse. PEAs asserted that CPD officers are adversarial to PEAs in certain or all districts. Police officers, for their part, felt that PEAs unnecessarily saturate areas with enforcement.”
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.”
28th Ward Alderman Jason Ervin has some problems with some of the city’s parking ticket policies including the $200 fine for failure to purchase and/or display a Chicago city sticker and payment plan options for drivers who can’t afford to pay their tickets. He discusses a few of his ideas in this short interview.
Remember the daytime parking ban in the West Loop?
The one to stop the problem of “day trippers” parking for free just west of downtown and walking or using public transit to work or play downtown?
It seems after the six month pilot test, local groups and businesses complained and the ban was dropped according to DNA Info.
Residents and visitors were told the ban was no longer in effect so they could park wherever and whenever they wanted.
But according to CBS 2 News, while the ban ended in December the signs which prohibit parking from 1:30 to 3:30 are still up and some people are still receiving tickets. In addition, at least one person had their car towed due to an allegedly non-existent ban.
A woman, who allegedly owes the City of Chicago nearly $9000 in parking tickets from the ’90′s filed a lawsuit to halt the suspension of her driver’s license by the Illinois Secretary of State.
The Chicago Tribune reports Elaine McKinnes allegedly racked up 60 parking tickets between 1995 and 1996 and now owes $8,891.80 according to a notice from the city she received in February. And now she’s filing a lawsuit against the city and the Secretary of State to prevent her license from being suspended.
The city can ask the Illinois Secretary of State to suspend a vehicle owner’s driver’s license for 10 unpaid parking and/or red light camera and/or speed camera tickets.
But while the city has always contended there’s no statute of limitation on parking tickets, McKinnes’ attorney Robert A. Habib believes differently.
When reached by phone late Monday, he said there’s a general tenant of the law that puts a limit on the time an individual or entity has to take civil action against another individual, company,or organization. In general, ten years is the longest statute of limitation allowed so Habib says the city has taken too long to act.
Here’s a unique way to avoid having to feed the parking meter–buy your very own parking lot.
That’s what the Edison Park Chamber of Commerce did recently when the group spent $174,000 to buy a 26-space parking lot according to DNA Info.
In recent months Edison Park business owners were enraged when ticket writers for Chicago Parking Meters, LLC wrote parking tickets to drivers who did not feed their meter.
What happens when city workers park a city owned vehicle illegally?
In general they won’t get a parking ticket, but they could be subjected to unwanted attention from CBS 2′s Mike Parker.
Always personalize your parking tickets. Thanks, Boston! pic.twitter.com/LYeROMgQRj
— Neko Case (@NekoCase) May 5, 2014
Chicago-based singer and songwriter Neko Case doesn’t take too kindly to parking tickets.
On Monday, Case received a parking violation in Boston and lashed out via Twitter with a photo of the words “Eat Me” scribbled in the comments section of her ticket.
Interestingly, the City of Boston (or at least the person who handles the city’s social media) is a fan of Ms. Case and via Twitter, encouraged her to contest the ticket.
A new film premiering Friday is trying to generate some buzz by paying people’s parking tickets.
The “get your parking ticket paid” contest is a way to promote the film “Friended To Death,” where the lead character is not a very popular guy.
In fact, lots of people hate him.
MetroMile and The Expired Meter will be out at 435 N. Michigan Avenue (in front of the Tribune Tower) today at noon.
MetroMile will be handing out envelopes with $60 in cash to drivers who bring along a recent street cleaning parking ticket and can show they’ve downloaded the MetroMile app to their iPhone.
The Expired Meter’s Parking Ticket Geek will be on hand doling out parking ticket advice to any frustrated drivers trying to deal with their ticketing issues.
Come by, say hello and pick up some cash!