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No Winners in City Sticker Controversy

(39) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 5:13 PM

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

This popular idiom was never more true, and more dramatic, than in Chicago this week for City Clerk Susana Mendoza.

Faced with some incendiary allegations that this year's winning city sticker design contained covert gang symbols, and with the...

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New, Improved City Stickers Debut Despite Puppy Interruptus

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2009 | 7:26 PM

The City Clerk's office press conference Monday morning immediately went to the dogs.

The theme of the 2009-10 Chicago city sticker is "Dog Friendly Chicago," and this year's winning design, courtesy of Corliss High School senior Denise Ferguson...

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Parking Meter Lessee Has 'Substantially Improved': City

(4) Comments | Posted May 15, 2009 | 5:37 PM

The City of Chicago has released a multi-page press release claiming that "Chicago Parking Meters, LLC has substantially improved operational performance of meters."

CPM is going to fast track the installation of 3,000 Pay & Display units by years end, eliminating nearly 30,000 of the city's current 36,000 single head...

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CTA Employees Park For Free?

(6) Comments | Posted May 15, 2009 | 2:50 PM

Why don't CTA employees have to feed the meters?

The CTA is working on the blue line tracks along the back side of Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park. And there are a lot of burly dudes working on the...

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The Expired Meter Helps Protect Drivers Against Broken Meters

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2009 | 5:06 PM

Despite the fact that, according to Chicago municipal code, you cannot be ticketed for parking at a broken meter, in many cases, motorists are still receiving tickets for this.

Now, most parking enforcement agents and police know this rule...

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The Parking Meter Revolt Rolls On

(8) Comments | Posted April 22, 2009 | 6:27 PM

Recently it seemed that the initial fury and furor over the parking meter rates had diminished. It was as if emotions, after initially boiling over with concerted physical attacks and vandalism of parking meters, had diminished to a slow...

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The Parking Ticket Geek Gets Arrested ... Almost

(10) Comments | Posted April 2, 2009 | 4:29 PM

"Uh-oh", I muttered to myself as the three CPD squad cars approached.

As the cars screeched to a halt just in front of me, their blue lights flashing, I was rethinking my bravado of just minutes before and started trying to remember the phone number for any one of my...

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Has The Parking Meter Revolt Begun?

(55) Comments | Posted March 24, 2009 | 5:41 PM

As teams of LAZ Parking's employees slowly, but quite surely, canvas the city changing the parking meters to their new, much higher rates, another movement seems to be blossoming in reaction to these changes.

At first, it seemed just...

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'Meter Beater' Arrested For Weekend Parking Meter Assault

(8) Comments | Posted March 20, 2009 | 1:33 PM

Perhaps he couldn't take it anymore.

The quadrupled meter rates, having to the feed the meters until 9 every night, seven days a week, no free Sundays anymore, and the increased enforcement--perhaps it was all too much for him.

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Meter Rate Changes Behind Schedule

(3) Comments | Posted March 12, 2009 | 2:26 PM


With the original deadline already passed, work crews seem to be struggling to complete rate changes on parking meters in a timely manner.

Originally, Chicago Parking Meter LLC had set a deadline of March 9th to have all 36,000 plus meters adjusted for the...

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DOR Expands Use Of Photo Evidence For Parking Tickets

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2009 | 12:38 PM

It seems Chicago's Department of Revenue (DOR) has had so much success utilizing photographic evidence when ticketing parking violators, it has decided to utilize photography for for even more violations.

According to DOR management, the program was expanded the second...

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Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2009 | 11:52 AM


Hey Geek,

So I bought a new car on Wednesday, even though the car is registered at my Chicago address, for the time being the dealer put an Elmwood Park vehicle sticker on since I used to have a car registered there.

I was...

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Chicago's New Parking Meter Reality: What You Need To Know

(4) Comments | Posted February 17, 2009 | 12:05 PM

As of February 11, when the parking meter lease deal finally closed, all of Chicago's parking meters are now officially under the control of Chicago Parking Meter LLC for the next 75 years.

What does that mean for people driving and parking on the streets of Chicago?

Here's the lowdown.

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Drivers Face Long Lines For Ticket Amnesty

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2009 | 4:15 PM


The lines are out the door.

Drivers who have waited to the last minute to take advantage of Chicago's Parking Ticket Amnesty program are facing very long lines. Lines that are often extending outside Department of Revenue Payment Centers.

This morning, several hundred people...

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Parking Meter Deal Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Ouch

(20) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 12:08 PM

Time to buy that roll of quarters.

The City of Chicago announced late Wednesday, that the $1.16 billion deal has officially closed and meters will start being changed to the new rates and new days and hours of operation on Friday.

Meters in the Loop will be the first to...

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City Budget Cuts Affecting Speed Of Ticket Hearings

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2009 | 4:17 PM

Recent changes and cutbacks to Chicago's Department of Administrative Hearings, are having a profound effect on drivers' ability to contest parking tickets and red light camera violations.

City budget cutbacks have struck every department in Chicago, including the Department of Administrative Hearings, which put some draconian measures into effect as...

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Hey Moron! Get That Crap Off My Street!

(27) Comments | Posted January 22, 2009 | 9:05 PM


Hey moron!

Yeah, I'm talking to YOU.

Don't look around like you don't know who I'm talking to, you goofball.

Yeah, you, the selfish dumbass who's just dumped two plastic lawn chairs, or milk crates or orange cones or whatever crap you have lying...

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Parking Meter Lease Deal Still Not Finalized

(7) Comments | Posted January 15, 2009 | 5:03 PM


Chicago drivers are getting a temporary reprieve on paying higher parking meter rates, courtesy of the lawyers.

That's because the deal to privatize Chicago's entire parking meter system to the new lessee, Chicago Parking Meter, LLC, has not closed yet.

It only took 72...

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Double Secret Probation for Global Parking Management in 32nd Ward

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2009 | 5:39 PM


As reported at The Expired Meter just a few weeks ago, according to 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack, the fate of Global Parking Management had been sealed. The private booting firm was going to be given the boot from the 32nd...

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Why I Hate the Chicago Parking Meter Lease Deal

(12) Comments | Posted December 31, 2008 | 5:03 PM


With Chicago's parking meter system changing hands at the stroke of midnight tonight, I had some thoughts I wanted to share regarding the parking meter lease plan: Overwhelmingly bad.

After spending not quite two weeks digesting the details of the city of Chicago's 75-year...

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