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Hanover Park Let’s Drivers Pay Parking Tickets With Food Donations

Hanover Park is calling it “Food for Fines.”

That’s the program the suburban town is using to help the Township Food Pantry collect food to distribute to the hungry.

Anyone who’s received a $50 parking ticket from Hanover Park can pay it off by bringing in 10 cans of food at the town’s police department.

The town got the idea from a similar program in Lexington, KY.

The program ends on December 31st.

Alderman Wants To Give Drivers A Break From Winter Overnight Parking Ban

Chicago Winter Overnight Parking Ban SignChicago drivers may start getting a break from having their car towed on the first night of the city’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban–at least if Alderman Roberto Maldonado (26th) has his way.

Maldonado, according to DNA Info, has proposed an ordinance that would give motorists who forget to move their car off a street that is affected by the winter parking ban, would be first issued a warning citation before they get towed.

It would be much like the city’s speed camera program which sends drivers a warning notice on their first speed camera infraction instead of a ticket with a monetary fine.

200 Cars Towed On First Night Of Winter Overnight Parking Ban

An employee opens the gate at Auto Pound #6 in Humboldt Park for a driver who paid the $170 to get their car back from the first night of towing enforcement of the city's Winter Overnight Parking Ban.

An employee opens the gate at Auto Pound #6 in Humboldt Park for a driver who paid the $170 to get their car back from the first night of towing enforcement of the city’s Winter Overnight Parking Ban.

By car, by taxi, by bus, on foot and by bicycle, a steady stream of upset drivers came to a city auto pound in Humboldt Park Tuesday to get their car back after the first night of the city’s annual Winter Overnight Parking Ban.

“I was on my way to work and came out — and my car was gone,” said Chandra Cleveland, whose car was towed from Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park to City Auto Pound #6, 701 N. Sacramento Ave. “It sucks, it really does. ”

The annual ban went into effect at 3 a.m. Tuesday. Cars cannot be parked on designated streets between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. during the winter months until the end of March.

Edward Stokes from Rogers Park, who drove his daughter to the pound to retrieve her car, was more sanguine.

“The signs says cars can’t be parked there on December 1st,” admitted Stokes. “She thought it was midnight tonight instead of last night.”

Read more at DNA Info Chicago.

Court: Palatine Parking Tickets Don’t Violate Privacy Rights

GavelAfter five years and a multitude of court appearances, a federal court in Chicago has upheld Palatine’s parking tickets do not violate driver privacy rights according to the AP.

Back in 2010, a driver received a $20 parking ticket in Palatine. The driver felt the ticket was in violation of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act because the ticket, left on the windshield of his car for anyone to see, inexplicably listed his name, address, license number, birthdate, gender, height and weight.

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week Palatine’s tickets do not violate the DPPA.

Waukegan Offers Ticket Amnesty, Makes It Easier To Get Booted

What the boot!?Carrot and stick.

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%.

TV Commercial: Eat Taco Bell, Avoid Parking Tickets

Feed your parking meter or use your spare change to buy something taco-riffic from Taco Bell?

That’s the conundrum the fast food restaurant poses for viewers in a new TV commercial where a young man tries to order one of the chain’s new menu items and still get back to his car before the parking enforcement officer writes him a ticket for an expired meter.

Parking Enforcement Aide Suspended For ‘Discourteous’ E-Mail

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A group of Parking Enforcement Aides get some training and instruction in Lakeview.

A dust up between members of the Chicago Police Department and a pair of city Parking Enforcement Aides resulted in a suspension for one PEA according to according to a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General.

The more recent IG report says a PEA received a 29-day suspension for sending an e-mail to a CPD District office threatening retaliation in the form of parking tickets issued to the personal vehicles of police officers.

City Council Bans Limos From Residential Street Parking

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Chicago’s message to limousine owners?

Don’t park on our residential streets.

The Chicago City Council passed a law prohibiting limousines from parking on residential streets on Wednesday according to the Chicago Tribune.

Limos join the list of other vehicles banned from parking on most streets including taxis, trucks, buses, motor homes, vans, RVs (longer than 22 feet), and semis.

Parking Meter Vigilante Case Goes To NH Supreme Court


Those kooky kids from Keene, NH–they call themselves Robin Hooders–are in the news again.

And this time it involves a legal case which takes the issue of their parking meter vigilantism to the New Hampshire Supreme Court according to Fox News.

The Robin Hooders is a band of do-gooders who follow the town’s three parking attends around and plunk coins into expired meters to save drivers from being hit with outrageously expensive $5 parking tickets.

The enforcement staff doesn’t like the group’s antics and have claimed they’re being harassed while doing their jobs. In some cases, lawyers for the city claim, group members verbally attack the ticket writers saying things like “you should be ashamed of yourself” and the like.

Cops Harassed Rideshare Drivers With Tickets, Impoundment

save_uberThe new city law regulating rideshare companies like Lyft, Sidecar and Uber just got passed a few weeks ago.

But, according to a report by RedEye, police officers ticketed and towed the cars of at least 16 people who drive for one of these upstart companies.

According to RedEye, these drivers were hit with a $2,000 fine, a $150 tow fee and a $20-per-day storage fee. Luckily for these drivers, the rideshare companies they drive for stepped up and paid all the fees and fines to get each car released from the auto pound.

A spokesperson for the city says the drivers were ticketed because technically they were “operating an unlicensed public passenger vehicle.”