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Fall Bridge Lift Begins

The Expired Meter | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago

Wednesday morning marks the first day of the city’s annual fall bridge lift and drivers caught by a raised bridge should expect long waits. At 9:...

Revised Parking Meter Deal Clears First Hurdle

The Expired Meter | Posted 06.03.2013 | Chicago

After four long days of hearings on proposed changes to the city’s reviled parking meter lease agreement, the renegotiated deal made it over its fir...

North Side Republican Demands Halt To City's Speed Cameras

The Expired Meter | Posted 02.12.2013 | Chicago

In light of a growing scandal involving the vendor for Chicago’s red light camera program, Northside Republican Committeeman Scott Davis wants to pu...

How To Survive Chicago's Streets As Parking Ban Season Begins

Posted 12.01.2012 | Chicago

They're back: Winter parking bans. Those irksome street restrictions that last all the way until April 1 of next year went into effect Saturday mor...

City Announces Speed Camera Test Sites

The Expired Meter | Posted 11.25.2012 | Chicago

The City of Chicago announced the locations of four intersections across the city where speed cameras will be tested. The month long tests, being u...

Wacker Drive Rehab 2 Weeks From Completion

The Expired Meter | Posted 11.15.2012 | Chicago

Thursday is the beginning of the end of the two and a half year rehab project of both Upper and Lower Wacker Drive. The Chicago Department of Trans...

Area Gas Prices Dropping -- But Are Still Very, Very High

The Expired Meter | Posted 10.09.2012 | Chicago

There’s good news and bad news at the gas pump. Gas prices in Chicago have dropped 23 cents per gallon over the last 30 days–an approximate 5% ...

Speed Camera Plan Officially Underway

The Expired Meter | Posted 09.11.2012 | Chicago

It’s a big contract. A contract with the potential to produce tens of millions of dollars of revenue for the winning bidder. So it’s no surp...

City's New Pedestrian Plan Could Be Tough On Drivers

The Expired Meter | Posted 09.07.2012 | Chicago

“Make no little plans,” Daniel Burnham famously said. Perhaps Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein was evoking the spirit of the famo...

Bad News, Commuters..

The Expired Meter | Posted 08.30.2012 | Chicago

Drivers who routinely use North Lake Shore Drive should expect delays starting next week. Beginning Wednesday, September 5th the Chicago Department...

Persistence Pays Off In Mistaken Boot Tampering Incident

The Expired Meter | Posted 10.22.2012 | Chicago

After a long and tiring airplane trip, the last thing you want to be waiting when you land is a surprise. A "surprise" is what Megan Nolan and her ...

Attention Drivers, City Sticker Final Deadline Is Sunday

The Expired Meter | Posted 07.15.2012 | Chicago

Have you purchased your city sticker yet? Depending on when you read this, there are just hours before Chicago car owners must have their 2012-2013...

City Stickers Expire In A Week, City Clerk Says Sales Are Up

The Expired Meter | Posted 07.10.2012 | Chicago

The end is near. There are exactly seven days left until Chicago vehicle owners need to purchase and display their Chicago city vehicle sticker on ...

Report: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Under Investigation

The Expired Meter | Posted 06.19.2012 | Chicago

There was much fanfare back in early 2010, when Chicago signed a nearly $2 million deal to install 280 electric vehicle chargers around the city and s...

Driver Seat Doggie Bill Voted Down In Springfield

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.14.2012 | Chicago

Call it doggie distracted driving. That's essentially what Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) called it when motorists allow their ...

Report: Rahm's Speed Camera Bill Overwhelmingly Unpopular

Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

Governor Pat Quinn is expected to make a decision soon on a bill pushed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that would allow the city to put speed cameras n...

Safety Over Revenue? Emanuel Lobbies For Speed Cameras

Posted 01.08.2012 | Chicago

Now that his proposal to use red-light cameras to record and issue tickets for speeding infractions has passed the state Senate, Chicago Mayor Rahm Em...

Chicago Home To Nation's Most Congested Interchange

The Expired Meter | The Expired Meter | Posted 11.22.2011 | Chicago

Chicago is number one again. But instead of being home to a championship sports team, the Windy City gets to brag that the infamous Circle Intercha...

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek: Rental Car Tickets?

The Parking Ticket Geek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
The Parking Ticket Geek

I am currently writing a post called "Welcome to Chicago-A Beginners Guide To Driving In Chicago," that gives newcomers to our city the lowdown. My original title was "Violated! What To Do To Keep Chicago From Sticking It In Your A**."