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Someone else wrote those parking tickets.
That’s what two Chicago police officers, accused of writing some of the 24 bogus parking tickets issued to motorist Mark Geinosky, contended in their police board hearings earlier this week.
In other words, according to the Chicago Tribune, the two officers became victims of the same scam that targeted Geinosky when another officer or officers stole a handful of tickets from their ticket books to harass Geinosky.
To Ticket Or Not To Ticket? Oak Park Debates Whether Illegally Parked Chicago Cop Cars Should Be Ticketed
But recently, a reader of local news website Oak Park.com snapped a few photos of CPD vehicles parking illegally on downtown Oak Park streets and wrote a sarcastic letter about the fact that they don’t get ticketed. Of course, non-cops parking illegally in downtown Oak Park face a much different reality.
But after a flurry of heated debate on the subject on Oak Park.com, another reader posted a photo of a police cruiser with a bright orange parking ticket envelope on its windshield.
Especially in Chicago.
Remember Mark Geinosky?
He was the south suburban man who got 24 Chicago parking tickets in just over a year all the way back in 2007. The problem was, the tickets were phony.
He beat each one, but took the matter to the Police Review Authority. That went nowhere until the Chicago Tribune’s Problem Solver, Jon Yates began reporting about Geinosky’s story.
It’s only taken four years, but it looks like three Chicago police officers who wrote Mark Geinosky bogus parking tickets, are one step away from being fired from the police force.
Readers will recall that the Tribune’s consumer help reporter, Jon Yates aka The Problem Solver stepped in to give Geinosky some help fighting a rash of questionable parking tickets that never showed up on his car’s windshield but always showed up in the mail.
But now, according to the most recent Problem Solver column in the Tribune, it looks like Police Commissioner Garry McCarthy is recommending termination for three of the four cops alleged to be involved, while a fourth cop would have faced a similar fate if not for being fired for an unrelated matter recently.
Sounds like a police officer on the Northwest side has a bug up his butt.
According to CBS 2 News Chicago police officer Gary Sanabria seems to be issuing a lot of parking tickets for Chicago city sticker violations to vehicles which clearly exhibit a suburban vehicle sticker.
But it seems some Chicago police officers are writing tickets to drivers for having expired city stickers despite having purchased a 2011 city sticker.
According to reports from 33rd Ward Alderman Richard Mell’s office, there’s been a rash of expensive $120 parking tickets issued up in his Northside ward because drivers didn’t remove city stickers from previous years. According to some drivers, the tickets are not being issued by Parking Enforcement Aides but by the CPD.
“I’ve just read an e-mail from a constituent that informs me that tickets
are being issued in our ward (and other places in the city) for having old city stickers affixed to your windshield,” said Mell in an email to constituents. “This is something that even I was not aware of.”
Tempers might be flaring between the Chicago Police Department and Department of Revenue employees.
Last Friday, according to Fox Chicago News, a boot van driver was trying to boot a Corvette on a street adjacent to the main police station.
Turns out, the Corvette’s owner was a cop, who happened to walk out when his car was being booted.
Program Adds 50-75 New Ticket Writers To The Street
Every morning, children who walk to school are familiar with the smiling, friendly faces and the outstretched arms of their local crossing guard who get them safely to class each day during the school year .
But what do crossing guards do when school’s out for summer?
At least some of the friendly faced school crossing guards are spending their summer vacation writing parking tickets to Chicago drivers on behalf of the city.
It began as a pilot program last summer, and as a way to give crossing guards, unable to get one of the rare summer school crossing guard positions, a way to continue to bring in a paycheck when school was finished in June, according to Crossing Guard Coordinator John Maciezjewski, a retired police officer. This year it’s been rolled out city wide to give summer employment opportunities to the over 1,100 crossing guards working for the city.
Because it’s probably not a pedestrian, but an undercover Chicago policeman.
Off duty Chicago police officers will be conducting crosswalk enforcement stings Saturday at three locations around the city.
Make sure when they step off the curb in front of your approaching vehicle, you come to a complete stop and let them cross to the other side before proceeding. Otherwise you’ll end in court and an expensive fine between $50 to $500.
Give pedestrians the brake. Drive safely Saturday. No, drive safely always.
Here are the locations for Saturday, June 4: