Tag Archives: Fighting Chicago Parking Tickets

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?

Ben

Read more at DNA Info.

Professor Geek Teaches Parking Ticket 101 Class At CivicLab

Parking Ticket 101 photoThe Parking Ticket Geek is teaching a class.

The West Loop’s Civic Lab invited the Geek to teach a class on fighting parking tickets we’re calling Parking Ticket 101.

It’s a slimmed down version of our Driver Survival Seminars with a focus purely on avoiding and contesting those pesky bright orange tickets from the city.

Parking Ticket 101 will give attendees an overview of parking enforcement in Chicago and educate attendees on how best to both avoid parking tickets and how best to handle receiving a ticket, including how to successfully contest improper or unfair ones.

Civics Lab is a co-working education and office space created to help teach Chicagoans about civic engagement, activism and how to better understand and interact with their government. It was founded by Tom Tresser and Ben Sugar last summer.

Tresser is that famous troublemaker who, among his many other accomplishments spearheaded No Games Chicago, the group which furiously lobbied against bringing the 2016 Olympics to Chicago.

Seating is limited so reserve your spot right away. There is a nominal $10 fee that goes toward helping support Civics Lab in its great work.

Sign up through Eventbrite or through our Facebook event page.

EVENT: Parking Ticket 101/Driver Survival Seminar

WHEN: Wednesday, March 26th at 6:30 PM

WHERE:  Civics Lab,  114 N. Aberdeen St.  Chicago, IL 60607

SIGNUP: At Eventbrite

 

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?

Billy

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

Tim stands next to the Chicago city sticker from last year that's giving him parking ticket grief. He promised to remove it immediately.

Dear Mr. Geek,

At the start of June, I moved from Chicago back to Skokie.

I obviously did not renew my expiring Chicago city sticker since I was moving out of the city. Instead, I got my Skokie city sticker about a week after I moved.

Yesterday I got a ticket at a metered spot for “NO DISPLAYED CITY STICKER.”

I’m quite confused, because I’m not a Chicago resident, and I have a valid Skokie sticker displayed on my windshield.

I really can’t afford to pay a $200 ticket!

Tim

P.S. My car still has my old Chicago city sticker still displayed. Does that make a difference?

Tim:

Last year’s Chicago city sticker is the problem.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

If you have a parking ticket question for The Parking Ticket Geek, email your query to: askthegeek@theexpiredmeter.com.

Local Lawyer Doles Out Parking Ticket Advice

Read Tickets Carefully for Grounds to Contest: Beach: MyFoxCHICAGO.com

If The Expired Meter is not enough parking ticket fighting info for you, local attorney Charlie Beach was recently on Fox Chicago’s morning program to dish out some ticket fighting advice.

While he generally has the right idea, some of his information is mildly inaccurate.

Geek Scores A Hat Trick Against The City

Some days are just better than others.

My plan for yesterday was simply to fight another of the seemingly endless stream of parking tickets my ’83 Impala seems to attract.

I had planned my day so I could take an hour off after lunch time to hit a hearing facility, but per usual my plans took a left turn.

Beer Drinking In The Park

A colleague’s niece stormed into the office waving one of the city’s blue colored ordinance violation tickets in my face asking me if I could help her with her ticket. I was a bit hesitant at first as my expertise lies with the orange tinted tickets–not the blue.

NBC 5 Helps Driver With Parking Ticket

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

One Chicago driver got ticketed for not moving his car for a “Special Event.”

The funny thing is, there was no special event!

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?

Sagar

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.