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Procrastinating motorists are catching a break with a 24-hour extension to purchase their Chicago city stickers due to a computer glitch affecting sales at area currency exchanges.
Just hours before the midnight deadline for vehicle owners to purchase Chicago city vehicle stickers, the computer network used by currency exchanges for sticker sales experienced problems causing significant delays to transaction times according to the City Clerk’s office.
This means drivers will have another day before the $60 late fee kicks in and before Chicago police, parking enforcement aides and other ticket writers begin issuing $200 tickets for non-compliance. City sticker enforcement and late fees will now go into effect will at 12:01 AM on Thursday, July 17th.
According to City Clerk’s spokesman Patrick Corcoran the issues occurred between 6 PM and 8:30 PM which resulted in longer lines and wait times.
“While this issue only spanned a two to three hour window of time exclusively at currency exchanges, we took quick action to extend the grace period for a day because we want to help people come into compliance,” said Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza in a statement. “We appreciate our customers’ patience as we worked through this glitch.”
Read more at DNA Info Chicago.
July 15th is the last day of the grace period the city allows for drivers to buy and display their annual city sticker. Vehicle owners have until midnight to comply or risk a $200 parking ticket–for every day they don’t have a sticker.
“These tickets and fees are very steep,” said City Clerk Susana Mendoza. “Please, go on social media, call your friends and family and do what you can to tell people you know that they need to make sure they purchase and display the new 2014 vehicle sticker – it’s the pink one – on their windshield. If not, they could wake up Wednesday to some expensive tickets and late fees.”
Breathe a big sigh of relief all you city sticker procrastinators.
There’s still time to order your Chicago city vehicle sticker online to get it by the end of the grace period on July 15th.
According to the Chicago City Clerk’s office, their staff is working so efficiently, you can order using the Clerk’s EZ>BUY system by anytime Monday, July 7th and still have your sticker mailed to you in time.
“In the past, we have recommended against buying your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker online after June 30, but, this year, our turnaround times have been so fast that we are moving that recommended deadline to Monday, July 7,” City Clerk Susana Mendoza says in an e-mail blast.
Close to 250,000 drivers have purchased their city stickers online this year.
If a vehicle does not have a city sticker displayed by July 15th, a ticket will cost drivers $200. In addition, vehicle owners will have to pay a $60 late fee in addition to their city sticker fee.
With temperatures nearly reaching 90 degrees Monday, some procrastinating car owners waited in long lines to purchase their annual city vehicle sticker around the city.
Outside the Department of Finance location at 2550 W. Addison, across the street from Lane Tech High School, people waited in a line several hundred deep and wrapping around the corner of the strip mall where the city payment center is located.
Monday, June 30th is when the 2014 city sticker officially expires and people were rushing to get their sticker purchased before the deadline–despite the fact a grace period allows motorists until July 15th to purchase a sticker without penalty or with fear of a parking ticket.
At the front of the line outside the facility, a group of people said they had been in line for nearly four hours.
“We came here at around 11,” complained Jose Sigxue. “It’s too slow. I think the people here are working too slow. For people who have little kids here–it’s no good.”
The changeover means that the century-old tradition of Chicago drivers battling long lines to buy a city sticker during a small window of time once a year is nearing an end.
That’s because after this year’s city sticker season officially ends June 30, sales will convert to a year-round system much like how the Illinois Secretary of State handles vehicle registration sticker renewals.
Starting this year, your expiration date will be pegged to your license plate, with the city sticker expiring six months after your plates so you don’t have to pay both at the same time.
“We’ve had a soft launch of the city sticker sales program this week,” says City Clerk office spokesman Patrick Corcoran. “Roughly 1.3 million renewal forms should be arriving in mailboxes early next week.”
With Chicago city sticker sales poised to begin the transition to year round sales this spring, the City Clerk’s office announced some other changes to the program including doing away with the traditional 15-day grace period before enforcement begins.
As Chicago drivers are well aware, from time immemorial Chicago city stickers had to be purchased between May and the end of June. With city stickers officially expiring on June 31st of each year, drivers were always allowed a 15-day grace period to come into compliance before they could be ticketed for not having a city sticker on their car’s windshield. Tickets for failure to purchase and/or display a city sticker is $200.
Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza just released a new video explaining how year round city stickers will work in 2014.
City sticker sales will remain the same as previous years, but the Clerk’s office will use this year to educate drivers about the changes next year to hopefully make sales next year as painless as possible.
10 Tips For Making Removal Of Last Year’s Sticker A Breeze
Every June, or early July, it’s the same thing.
You schlep outside onto the street or into the garage to place your spankin’ new Chicago city vehicle sticker onto your windshield but then…
You realize you have to remove last year’s sticker first.
And you start swearing under your breath, because that damn sticker is a real bitch to scrape off!
Removing your city sticker is always a pain in the butt. And when you’re done, you need an couple of aspirin and a stiff drink.
Outside of replacing the whole darn windshield, there has to be an easier way.
Actually, there seems to be several easier ways.
The Parking Ticket Geek has been on a quest to round up all the very best tips and advice for getting that #@%! city sticker off your windshield. And here’s what we’ve found.
But the City of Chicago is going to try to pass on a little appreciation to these brave men and women in the form of free city stickers.
Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza along with Aldermen Timothy Cullerton and James Balcer co-sponsored legislation to make this token of thanks a reality on Wednesday.
The Purple Heart is awarded to U.S. military who have been wounded or killed while serving with the U.S. Military. Disabled veterans and former prisoners of war already are eligible for free city stickers.
Freshman Student Wins City Sticker Design Contest
While just a freshman, Herbert Pulgar, a student from Lawrence Hall Youth Services walked away as the winner of Chicago’s 2012-2013 city sticker design contest.
This is the third time in the 17 years of the contest that a student from Lawrence Hall has won the annual competition.
Over 18,000 people voted for the designs of ten student finalists last week online and via a computer kiosk at City Hall.
“This city is very special to me, which is why I chose to create a heart filled with both our skyline and the Chicago flag, explained Pulgar about his artwork. “From the top of the heart, I wanted convey the diversity of our great city and its emergency personnel by using four different hands and the three first response symbols. Thank you for the great opportunity to share my artwork with the citizens of Chicago.