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It’s the end of an era.
For the past several decades, the last day or two of June, thousands of procrastinating Chicago drivers scrambled to buy their Chicago city vehicle sticker.
Lines stretched out the doors at City Hall, City Clerk satellite offices and finance payment centers around the city forcing motorists to wait hours to beat the end of the month deadline.
But not this June 30th.
This year, there was no frantic, last minute rush to purchase city stickers.
2014 was the last year of the annual sales for the city sticker. City Clerk Susanna Mendoza changed the system to make it a year round process where vehicle owners would buy their city stickers six months opposite the month they renew their Illinois vehicle registration stickers.
Thursday, at the 1871 technology incubator located within the Merchandise Mart, City Clerk Susana Mendoza announced the launch of the map of all 1,429 residential permit parking zones located within the city limits. RPP zones cover 20% of all residential streets and more than 200,000 RPP permits were issued to vehicles this past year according to the Clerk’s office.
Mendoza explained Chicago residents were always asking for a map listing all the permit zones, but the data changed so frequently and quickly any published book would become obsolete almost immediately. She also recognized that motorists sought the data to try to avoid a $75 parking ticket if they parked on the wrong block.
City sticker scofflaws beware…Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza is coming after you.
Tuesday, Mendoza outlined many new ideas for the City Council during annual budget hearings at City Hall–including one to find and fine Chicago drivers who don’t buy their city stickers.
During her remarks Mendoza contended the transition to year round city sticker sales went relatively smoothly and will end up increasing revenues by $10 million by the end of 2014.
However, now that the transition to year round sales is complete the clerk’s database is being updated every month by the Illinois Secretary of State’s vehicle registration database. According to Mendoza this gives the Clerk’s office the ability to track down those vehicle owners who refuse to cough up the annual wheel tax–an estimated $5 million in revenue.
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.