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On the eve of the last mad rush for Chicagoans to buy their Chicago city vehicle sticker, City Clerk Susana Mendoza sat down with Chicago Tonight’s Phil Ponce for a chat.
Mendoza talks about the new year round sticker sales system, explains to drivers who have not received their sticker in the mail yet on what to do, details on enforcement and how the the over $100 million collected from the wheel tax are used for the upkeep of city streets.
It’s an informative chat.
Yeah, yeah we know…this video is two years old.
So, we’re dedicating an entire Ask the Parking Ticket Geek column to that sticky subject.
Dear Parking Ticket Geek,
So, I am one of those city sticker procrastinators. I just bought my sticker online today (June 27) and it says it could take up to 2 weeks to arrive.
Does this mean I can get a ticket before it arrives in the mail?
Don’t sweat it, Stephanie.
With drivers already standing in line behind her to purchase their 2014 city vehicle sticker, City Clerk Susana Mendoza officially kicked off the start of Chicago city sticker season at a short press conference Monday afternoon.
According to Mendoza, her office has started the city sticker sales season about two weeks ahead of the normal June 1st start date.
“We’re ahead of schedule,” said Mendoza. “We’re getting a two week jump on sales to help eliminate long lines.”
Mendoza announced this year was going to be a “monumental change” to in how city stickers are sold by transitioning to a year round sales model–just like how vehicle owners renew their Illinois license plate stickers.
Two newly introduced ordinances at Wednesday’s City Council meeting could give city drivers more leeway when it comes to city vehicle sticker enforcement.
One ordinance, introduced by Aldermen Ed Burke (16th) and Mary O’Connor (41st), will give a break to drivers who forget to display their city stickers.
Under current law, vehicle owners must both purchase and display their city sticker on the car’s windshield. However, sometimes drivers buy their city sticker but forget to put it on their windshield and get hit with a $200 ticket.
Unfortunately, drivers cannot contest this expensive ticket by saying they just forgot to display it.
This ordinance proposes to allow residents in this situation to raise this defense and present their paid city sticker receipt as evidence and have the ticket dismissed.
An elderly lady owns a Honda Civic.
When she went to City Hall to renew the city sticker for her vehicle, when she got home she noticed the sticker had the correct license plate and VIN, but the wrong year and model of car. It was listed as a 2013 Honda del Sol according to the Chicago Tribune–a car which has been out of production for 7 years.
The lady called the City Clerk’s Office to try to resolve the problem, as she feared parking ticket punishment for the mismatch, but couldn’t get a call back after leaving multiple voice mails.
So she contacted Jon Yates, the Problem Solver columnist at the Chicago Tribune.
Hundreds of Chicago vehicle owners patiently queued up Friday morning, the last business day to buy a city sticker before last year’s stickers expire on Sunday.
The same scenario was playing itself out at City Hall and other finance department and City Clerk satellite locations across the city Friday, with some people waiting up to two hours according to city employees.
“I didn’t know the lines would be this long,” Northwest Side resident Oscar Smith said as he waited to buy his sticker at the Addison office. “I think it’s kind of crazy.”
“This is disgusting,” railed Santo Pompilio, who also lives on the Northwest Side. “After all the money they get from city stickers we have to deal with this? I have five cars with the City of Chicago. All they want is money, money, money.”
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
City Clerk Susana Mendoza announced an early start to sales for Chicago’s annual city vehicle sticker Wednesday at City Hall.
“We are now open for business!” said Mendoza. “We are starting about two weeks before the traditional June 1 kickoff date.”
Mendoza said that 1.3 million city sticker renewal notices had already been mailed, the online sales website was live and ready to take orders and drivers who wanted to purchase their stickers in person could do so at any sales location.
However, this will be the last year for the long-lived tradition as Mendoza’s office will transition to a year-round model, which begins in June 2014.
“This will be the last year you will buy a city sticker on a June to June basis,” she said. “Two years into my term we are changing to a year-round system and I say good riddance.”City Clerk Susana Mendoza announced an early start to sales for Chicago’s annual city vehicle sticker Wednesday at City Hall.
Read more at: DNA Info Chicago.
The City Council’s Licensing Committee on Wednesday approved City Clerk Susana Mendoza’s proposal to change to year-round vehicle sticker sales.
“The Cubs and city stickers have something in common,” Mendoza said. “The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908 and we haven’t changed the city-sticker sales process since 1908.”
Chicago vehicle owners now must renew their city stickers from June 1-30 every year, but have until July 15 until the city starts writing $200 tickets for expired or missing stickers.
Mendoza said the stickers were started as a licensing system for horse-drawn carriages and eventually carried over to autos. Mendoza said when she first came into office, she questioned why sticker sales always occurred in June.
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
Over the course of just a few weeks every spring and summer, the Chicago City Clerk’s office sells over 1 million city vehicle stickers.
In person lines for city stickers are often long, patience is tested and in some cases tempers flare.
But this once a year tradition of purchasing a city sticker looks like it might end soon–perhaps as early as next year.
Wednesday, during City Council budget hearings, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza told City Council members her office was working toward going to a year round sales model similar to how the Illinois Secretary of State’s office handles license plate renewals.
“…Next year, we’re looking to go to year-round city sticker sales,” said Mendoza in her opening remarks. “This is an ambitious undertaking, but everything we’ve learned up to this point demonstrates that it’s not only achievable, but will be a more convenient customer experience
with a positive budget impact. We’re confident that with your support and feedback, we can make this happen.”