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Parking Ticket 101: Don’t Park Your Car With A For Sale Sign

Parking your car with a For Sale sign in the window can turn out to be a lot more expensive than placing a classified ad.

Parking your car with a For Sale sign in the window can turn out to be a lot more expensive than placing a classified ad.

Trying to sell your car?

Whatever you do, don’t park it on a Chicago street with a For Sale sign in the window–lest you risk an expensive $100 parking ticket.

Sure, it sounds a bit excessive, or perhaps an instance of big brother run amok. Allegedly, back in the day, the law was passed to clamp down on car dealers along Western Avenue from using the street as a an additional and free lot to hawk their inventory.

While the original intent of the municipal code may not have been to hassle individual car owners trying to unload an extra vehicle, that’s essentially who bears the brunt of the law in the modern day. Vehicle owners unaware of the law find out the hard and costly way when they come back to their car to find their windows plastered with $100 orange tickets.

9-80-080 Parking for certain purposes prohibited.

(a) It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle upon any roadway for the sole purpose of displaying the vehicle for sale. The vehicle shall be subject to vehicle impoundment under Section 9-92-030(c). Any person that violates this subsection shall be fined $100.00. Each day the vehicle remains in violation of this subsection shall constitute a separate and distinct offense for which a separate penalty shall be imposed.

Parking Ticket 101: How To Schedule A Ticket Hearing

wbbm1214ticketAfter the rage from receiving that parking ticket has been reduced to a simmering boil, and you’ve concluded the ticket is invalid or wrong in some way, it’s time to schedule a hearing.

While many ticketed motorists opt to fight their ticket by contesting by mail, the driver’s best chance at victory is to contest a ticket at an in-person hearing.

There are several ways to schedule a hearing.

BY MAIL: Simply check the box that requests an in-person hearing on the original violation, fill in your name and address, and mail it to the address listed on the back of the ticket.

It’s recommended you keep a copy of the ticket as reference for your ticket hearing defense.

If you haven’t scheduled the hearing using your original ticket, you can still mail in a hearing request when the Notice of Violation comes in the mail. It’s the same general process as mailing in your request using the original violation. Fill out the form at the bottom and detach it from the top of the letter and mail it to the address on the notice.

IN-PERSON: You can also drop off your hearing request at any of the city’s Administrative Hearing locations around the city. Just bring your violation or notice of violation to the parking ticket hearing desk and tell them you want to schedule a hearing. They’ll file your request and normally, they’ll give you a date and time stamped receipt to keep in your files–just in case the request is somehow lost and you need evidence you actually requested a hearing.

If you don’t have your ticket info with you, most clerk’s are kind enough to look up your ticket, print it out and file your hearing request right there.

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek: The Parking Lot ‘Parking Ticket’

Ben shows off a "parking ticket" he received at an LAZ Parking lot in Lincoln Park.

Ben shows off a “parking ticket” he received at an LAZ Parking lot in Lincoln Park.

Dear Parking Ticket Geek,

Last Friday I paid for parking in an uncovered lot managed by LAZ Parking at the corner of Weed Street and North Fremont Street from 7:55 p.m. until 4 a.m. The machine asked me to type the last three characters of my license plate.

When the receipt printed, it did not have any written explanation of where to place it. In fact, it didn’t even say to display it, and neither did the machine that printed the ticket. I assumed this must be why I had to key in my last three characters of my plate.

So I simply put the receipt in my wallet and headed off.

How wrong I was!

When I returned to the lot before 4 a.m., I found a ticket for $50. I contested this ticket with an email that included a photo of both my ticket and the receipt. They responded to my email in legalese saying I still have to pay the parking ticket, but they’ll reduce it to $30.

Am I really liable?


Read more at DNA Info.

Angry Over Parking Ticket Decision, Man Arrested After Posting Video Threatening A Judge

One of the approximately 2 million parking tickets issued every year in Chicago.It’s never a good idea to threaten someone–especially a city worker.

And it’s a worse idea to provide evidence of your threat by posting a video of it on YouTube.

According to RedEye, that’s what a 40-year old Country Clubs Hills man did recently and it landed him in jail.

The man was angry with the Administrative Law Judge who ruled against him and upheld a parking ticket he was issued on Milwaukee Avenue.

Instead of just paying the ticket, he uploaded a profanity laden, racist and homophobic 11 minute video to YouTube asking viewers to bomb the city hearing facility, blow up the ALJ’s car, and attack Parking Enforcement Aides and other ticket writers.

Then he mailed a letter with the link’s web address to the hearing officer.

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Billy stands next to the parking meter pay box on Damen Avenue in Wicker Park where he was paying to park while his car was getting ticketed.

Billy stands next to the parking meter pay box on Damen Avenue in Wicker Park where he was paying to park while his car was getting ticketed.

Mr. Parking Meter guy,

This morning I parked my car at Damen off North Avenue to get a cup of coffee before heading to work.

I parked my car and walked almost a block to the parking meter box to see two people ahead of me paying to park. I patiently waited in the frigid cold for about two minutes before my turn came up to pay. I put in 25 cents to pay for 10 minutes, got my receipt, walked to my car and BOOM: orange ticket on my car!

The parking ticket was issued at 9:31 a.m. but my parking meter receipt says 9:33.

Is this legal? how can they get away with this?


Read more at DNA Info.

Woman Contests & Beats 53 Chicago Parking Tickets

Dismissed-ticket-horizontalBoy, I really dig this woman.

Loreen Targos fought and beat the 53 parking tickets she was issued for parking her motorcycle in a legal parking spot on Randolph Street near State Street.

The spot in question, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Problem Solver column, was un-metered and was not marked with any signs prohibiting or restricting parking.

Initially, she only won 51 of the 53 tickets she contested through the Department of Administrative Hearings. On two of the tickets she was found responsible. But, being the feisty woman she is, Targos she filed an appeal to the Cook County Circuit Court which is not an inexpensive process.

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Dear Mr. Geek,

Can I get a ticket for no city sticker if I am legally parked at a meter?


Of course you can be ticketed for a city sticker violation parked at a meter Sagar.

Being legally parked at a meter does not magically project an invisible force field over your vehicle that repels ticket writers from issuing you tickets for other violations.

If your car’s license plate is expired, missing a front plate, parked over 12″ from the curb or not sporting a valid city sticker on the windshield you can be ticketed–even if you have time on the meter.

Frustrated Driver Creates Anti-Ticket Video

Seemingly inspired by an unjust parking ticket, one Chicago driver tries to exact some video revenge.

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Hi Geek,

I got a ticket at 7 am for parking in a spot that clearly states its a 30 minute standing zone only from 10 am – 8 pm. I will contest this ticket by mail. Should I submit a photo? I don’t have a good printer so doing so would be a bit extra work for me.


Please, PLEASE provide photos Chan.

Photos are perhaps the very best way for a driver to illustrate the parking environment when the violation was issued. It allows the hearing officer to see what you saw on the street at the time the ticket was given.

Otherwise, it’s just your word against the ticket writer’s word. And guess what? Without the photos, the word of the ticket writer is going to carry more weight and most likely, you’ll lose.

Take the extra time and effort to do this or you risk losing.

The Geek

Hello Parking Ticket Geek,

I got a ticket during the week , the reason for my ticket says “VIOLATION OF WHEEL TAX STICKER” what exactly does this mean?


NBC 5 Shares Tips For Fighting Parking Tickets

View more videos at: http://www.nbcchicago.com.

NBC 5′s Lisa Parker is back on the parking ticket beat.

First she helps a driver ticketed while his car was parked in a garage in the suburbs get some ticket justice.

Then, she shares research from successful parking ticket defenses on how to beat parking tickets.

Check out her full story at the NBC 5 website.