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Write the ticket first, straighten out the problem later.
Former Fox News Chicago reporter Steve Chamraz did a great piece for WTMJ 4 News spotlighting some very hard to digest parking enforcement policies from Chicago’s neighbor to the north.
The city is pushing parking checkers (Milwaukee’s version of a Parking Enforcement Aide) to write tickets even though they may know the ticket will be thrown out later.
Sure, the sign says “15 Minute Standing Zone–Use Flashing Lights”.
But the sleek, beautiful and of course expensive, Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce and Ferrari got to park in front of the Gold Coast Auto Gallery at 834 N. Rush far beyond the 15 minutes dictated by the sign.
The ordinance for Chicago’s potential speed camera bill did not get introduced at Wednesday’s city council meeting.
Considering how fast Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel shepherded the speed camera through the Illinois General Assembly this fall, it is somewhat of a shock the ordinance didn’t pop up the first City Council meeting after Illinois Governor Quinn signed the bill into law.
But the council members already a pretty full plate, signing the debt recovery ordinance that would allow the city to recover past due parking tickets, red light camera tickets and other municipal debt by attaching the state tax refunds of people and businesses who have outstanding debts.
The ordinance passed 41-8 according to the Chicago Tribune.
However, despite not even being on the agenda, the speed camera bill was the center of attention.
Boston has been doing it for 18 years. and last year raised over $3000 in toys contributions. In some cases, some motorists donate toys worth more than what the fine of the ticket was.
Maybe we could interest Mayor Emanuel in such a program here in Chicago?
The Grinch Who Ticketed The Santa Parade
In Windsor, Ontario they have an annual holiday parade.
Because there’s so little parking, the city as matter of course, every year turns a blind eye to parking violations during the parade. At least until this year.
Man Who Mailed Feces Smeared Parking Ticket In Jail
Bailey, of the 6N600 block of Medinah Road in Medinah just recently got caught by DuPage County Sherrif’s deputies with allegedly carrying away a bunch of stolen items recently according to the Daily Herald.
The DuPage State’s Attorney thinks the 23-year old is behind a string of 11 recent burglaries in his home town.
But Bailey is actually famous or maybe infamous is a better word, for some other anti-social behavior–mailing back a parking ticket payment envelope to the Village of Bartlett after wiping his butt with it back in April, 2010.
It is commonly believed, death brings final peace.
However, some people within the City of Chicago don’t seem to believe this to be the case.
Because, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Problem Solver column, one dead man kept on getting parking tickets four years after he was buried and ten years after he sold the truck the tickets were currently being issued.
Even though his wife had sent copies of her husband’s death certificate, and explained the truck had been sold, the Department of Revenue kept on coming after her for the money.
Finally, the Problem Solver Jon Yates and crew stepped in to get to the bottom of this debacle.
Brown tried to get out of paying his tickets by claiming he had recently filed for bankruptcy according to Oak Park-River Forest Patch.
But when Oak Park officials tried to verify the bankruptcy documents he presented, they figured out pretty quick these were forged documents.
Now Brown is facing forgery charges.
It would have been cheaper to pay the tickets.
This Tuesday evening kicks off the start of two back-to-back night games at Wrigley Field.
In other words, night game parking restrictions are in place all over the Wrigleyville and greater Lakeview neighborhoods starting at 5 PM and lasting until 10 PM.
This means, if you do not have the proper residential parking permits or RPP guest passes stuck to your windshield your car faces a ticket and potentially a trip to the auto pound courtesy of a Streets & Sanitation tow truck.
Sometimes you’ll see construction workers place their brightly colored safety vests in the window of their car to prevent a parking ticket in an illegal parking spot or in a metered area.
Ticket writers will usually pass over these cars as a professional courtesy to other city workers.
But now CBS 2′s Dave Savini has caught some drivers near the Cook County Courthouse on Harrison, abusing this courtesy in a pretty egregious manner by using police uniforms, and other police items to keep from being ticketed.