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Le Wang, aka Wangle, drives for Uber.
This past Christmas Eve he was dropping off some passengers at Midway when a ticket writer for the city told him to move his car or be ticketed.
CBS 2 had an super important expose on parking tickets early this week.
Investigative reporter Pam Zekman looked into the problem of city Parking Enforcement Aides (PEA) taking photos for parking tickets to be used as evidence a violation has occurred. Two drivers who received parking tickets claim the photos did not support a violation and when they contested by mail, the Department of Administrative Hearings upheld the ticket.
Both drivers were outraged.
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.
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?
Boy, 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.
Drivers who feel they have been wronged for parking illegally there have to drive to the Cook County courthouse in Skokie to fight it.
And if they lose, they possibly face an additional $165 fee for court costs–even if the original ticket was as low as $25.
But according to the Chicago Tribune, village trustees in Winnetka are considering handling parking ticket adjudication locally.
Lottie Williams just got back from contesting a red light camera ticket on Tuesday.
She lost, but then called Fox Chicago News to share the crazy story of why she should not have been liable for the ticket.
It starts with her brother and sister borrowing her car. The two got pulled over on the Southside of Chicago and were arrested.
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.
But Mr. Tanner, after getting two tickets in February for not displaying a Chicago city sticker, decided to do something about it and fight back.
Unfortunately, Tanner’s sticker was one of the tens of thousands of city stickers sold last year without enough adhesive to remain affixed to his windshield.
The cold weather of the Blizzard of 2011 ultimately took its toll and Tanner’s sticker wound up on the floor of his car and thus, replaced by two orange tickets on his windshield.
Tanner does an amazing job of documenting how the entire process of his journey from violation to building a case to ultimately having both tickets dismissed at his hearing on his blog, SteveandAmySly.com.
Monday is President’s Day.
Kids are off from school, the post office is closed but the Driver Survivor Seminar rolls on!
On Monday, February 21st, the DSS is coming to the West Loop.
Aldermanic candidate Tom Courtney has invited the DSS crew to help 37th ward residents on the best way to avoid and fight parking tickets, red light camera tickets, speeding and moving violations, avoiding the Denver boot and much more.
Seating is limited so attendees are encouraged to register for the event by e-mailing: DSS27@theexpiredmeter.com. with their full name, e-mail address and the name of any guests they plan on bringing.
This FREE event is being held at Nia Restaurant, 803 West Randolph Street in the West Loop neighborhood, starting at 7:00 PM.