Tag Archives: Denver boot

Police Lead Surge In Chicago Parking Ticket Issuance For 2013

Parking Ticket bar graphMayor Rahm Emanuel touted the reassignment of hundreds of police officers to the streets as a better way to fight crime.

And while crime did drop last year, the redeployment of officers from desk jobs to beat duty has had another possible outcome: more parking tickets.

After years of steady declines, the number of parking tickets issued in the city went up last year to 2.5 million, a 6 percent increase from 2012, data from the Chicago Department of Finance shows. It was the first time that the number of tickets issued actually increased from the previous year since 2008, when 2.75 million tickets were written.

While several different city agencies and private companies issued the tickets, the biggest jump last year was in the amount of tickets written by police officers, who penned more than 1 million of them in 2013. That’s nearly 170,0000, or nearly 20 percent, more than they wrote in 2012.

Police spokesman Adam Collins insisted police brass did not order officers to write up more parking scofflaws.

Read more at DNA Info.

Alderman Beale Feels Parking Ticket Fine Increases Excessive

Ald. Anthony Beale. Photo credit: Wendell Hutson/DNA Info

South Side Alderman Anthony Beale (9th) isn’t taking kindly to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to increase fines on some parking violations and fees for impounded cars.

Beale believes these increases will disproportionately affect residents of lesser means according to DNA Info.

“I understand that we have to get creative to plug this hole but it seems like our creativity is coming off the backs of the poor and middle class,” Beale said. “Increasing rush-hour parking violations to $100 from $60 or storage fees for impounded cars to $20 from $10 is excessive.”

Ticket Ninja Helps Drivers Avoid Parking Ticket Late Fees, Boot

One of the approximately 2 million parking tickets issued every year in Chicago.

Milwaukee resident Nick Gartmann wants to save Chicago drivers from one of the worst things about parking tickets — late fees.

Gartmann is the creator of Ticket Ninja, a service which tracks a subscribing driver’s parking tickets and pays them automatically on time, so late fees don’t pile up.

The 24-year old software programmer launched Ticket Ninja in his hometown in June, partially to help his own pocketbook.

Like many drivers, Gartmann would forget to pay his tickets on time, then get slapped with a late fee. He decided to write a computer script which would check the city of Milwaukee’s website daily for parking ticket dates, then automatically pay them on their due date.

“I had a tendency to get parking tickets and forget to pay them,” Gartmann said sheepishly. “The company grew out of my problem.”

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Man Arrested After Taking Blowtorch To Denver Boot

70-year old Michael Ziemba has been accused of trying to use a blowtorch to remove the boot from this car.

“I had to remove it somehow because I have money problems,” Michael Ziemba allegedly told police.

According to DNA Info Chicago, the 70-year old Ziemba was caught by police allegedly attempting to remove the bright yellow Denver boot attached to his front wheel with a blowtorch.

He was charged with criminal damage to property and released on his own recognizance.

Ziemba may also face a separate $750 fine for tampering with the boot by the city’s Department of Finance.

Here’s DNA Info’s full story, “Man, 70, Caught Using Blowtorch on Denver Boot, Prosecutors Say.”

Boot & Run

A crafty driver in Logan Square found a way to escape the dreaded Denver boot and give the city the middle finger all in one fell swoop last night.

The industrious car owner, finding his or her vehicle immobilized by a bright yellow, heavy, metal boot, found a way to remove the entire wheel in order to get back on the road.

Booted In Private Lot, Man Attacks Attendant With Hammer

Marcus Forman, 41, charged with aggravated assault of a Global Parking Management employee. Photo credit: Chicago Police Department.

He just wanted to buy some booze.

Marcus Forman parked in a laundry mat parking lot in Rogers Park last week, then went next door to the liquor store in Rogers Park.

But when he came back to his car, he found it had been booted by Global Parking Management.

That’s when, according to DNA Info Chicago, Forman lost it and attacked the booter working for Global Parking with pepper spray and the “wooden end of a hammer.”

Forman eventually turned himself in to police. He was charged with aggravated battery and criminal damage to property. A judge set his bond at $125,000.

Global Parking Management patrols many private parking lots in Chicago using the same type of vehicle immobilization device–the Denver Boot–that the City of Chicago uses to convince parking ticket scofflaws to cough up what they owe.

State Senator Silverstein Backs Off Boot Bill

Chicago drivers can breathe a sigh of relief today.

That’s because the bill introduced in the Illinois State Senate in January to allow municipalities to drastically expand the use of the Denver boot to collect unpaid city debts, has been tabled–for now.

According to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton’s (D-Chicago) office, the bill had already been assigned to the Judiciary Committee a few weeks prior. But during Thursday’s session in Springfield, it was withdrawn from its committee assignment and sent back to Assignments by the bill’s sponsor, Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago).

While Silverstein did not respond to repeated attempts for comment, staff members in both his Chicago and Springfield offices said they had received many calls voicing opposition after news of the bill was reported in the media. Crain’s Chicago Business broke the story earlier in the week.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Chicago Driver Boots His Own Car To Stop Thieves

What lengths would you go to in order to prevent your car from being stolen?

Car alarm? Lojak? Steering wheel lock?

What about booting your own automobile?

CBS 2 News came across a guy putting a boot on a car–his own car.

Persistance Pays Off In Mistaken Boot Tampering Incident

Woman Gets $750 Refund After Red Tape Over Yellow Boot

After a long and tiring airplane trip, the last thing you want to be waiting when you land is a surprise.

A “surprise” is what Megan Nolan and her young family came back to after flying into Midway and walking back to the parking lot to find a bright yellow metallic boot adorning their car nearly two weeks ago.

It is not uncommon for unwary drivers with outstanding unpaid parking tickets, especially those from outside Chicago proper, to find their car booted after parking in any of the airport parking lots at O’Hare and Midway. In some ways it’s like shooting fish in a barrel and boot crews assigned to airport parking immobilize a lot of vehicles.

Tired and aggravated, Nolan waited by the car with her daughter while her husband Andrew walked the two blocks to the Midway payment office. Both Midway and O’Hare have payment offices open 24 hours a day for drivers to pay their tickets to get a boot released.

Nolan thought she they’d have to pay a few hundred bucks at most to pay for the pair of unpaid tickets and the boot fee to have their car released.

She knew the drill. Having had her vehicle booted twice before about a decade ago, before moving to the far western suburbs back in 2004, she was grudgingly resolved to just paying up and getting on the road home.

“I had been booted a long time ago,” explained Nolan. “I just paid my tickets. I didn’t yell. Didn’t scream. I just paid what I owed.”

But the Nolans got a jolt when the city told them, in addition to the two outstanding parking tickets and boot fee, the city was looking for an additional $60 boot fee and a $750 fine for tampering with a boot on an immobilized vehicle that was allegedly theirs back in 2010–a $810 shock.

Tampering With A Boot Can Be Costly

Inspector General Investigates Overnight Booting Crews

Finds $320,000 In Lost Wages But Problem Gets Fixed

A Chicago boot van catches an unaware scofflaw's vehicle at night

The night shift was slacking off.

That’s the short version of the results of an investigation of night shift booters–the people who immobilize vehicles with too many unpaid parking tickets–by the Chicago Inspector General’s office.

According to an IGO report, since overnight booting began in late 2009, there were some scheduling issues with the Department of Streets & Sanitation dispatchers, who helped verify if a vehicle was boot eligible or not, which essentially resulted in booters being instructed by their managers to take long lunches and extra breaks near the end of their shift.

This violation of city policy resulted in the number of boots being placed to drop to nearly zero for the last two hours of the overnight shift from 4-6 AM.