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Booting of vehicles on private property is now legal in 28 of Chicago’s 50 wards according to DNA Info.
Private booting is a type of parking enforcement on private property that is an alternative to towing. If a driver parks a car in a parking lot but walks off the property without patronizing one of the property’s businesses, an attendant will place a boot on their car and only release it after paying hefty fines up to $140.
Global Parking Management seems to be the only company in the city engaged in this business and has many client parking lots in Lakeview, Wicker Park and other heavily congested neighborhoods where motorists often abuse parking lots to shop elsewhere.
It’s a controversial practice that, while legal, leaves many motorists very angry.
Private booting is allowed on a ward by ward basis. Some wards allow it, but others do not.
So when the Chicago City Council redrew ward maps with new boundaries that began in 2015, Global Parking Management lost some clients because those businesses were now located in a ward that didn’t allow booting.
That’s the strategy the City of Waukegan seems to be using on north suburban motorists according to the Chicago Tribune.
First the carrot.
The town is offering it’s third parking ticket amnesty since 1994 to try to get paid on about $3 million in unpaid tickets. Although the city has many tickets on their books that have increased with fines and penalties due to non-payment, Waukegan is willing to let scofflaws pay the original ticket amount plus 17%.
Chicago drivers dread getting booted–that is–the bright yellow Denver boot.
But now, getting booted–or at least getting the boot removed may become much easier.
The city has recently issued an RFP (request for proposal) for a vendor to provide some sort of “self-release vehicle immobilization devices,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Unfortunately, city motorists will sometimes come back to their vehicle to find one of these metal vehicle immobilization devices attached to a tire due to unpaid parking tickets.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.