Is Chicago's souring economy prompting motorists to skip buying their city stickers? Sure looks like it.
Through Oct. 31, investigators for the city clerk's office had issued 46,541 tickets to vehicles that either had an expired city sticker or no sticker at all. That's up 8 percent from the same period a year ago.
City stickers cost $75 for passenger vehicles, reduced to $30 for senior citizens. The sticker fee for SUVs went up -- from $90 to $120 -- in 2008.
Enforcement begins July 15, two weeks after the deadline. Scofflaws face a $120 fine. Stickers purchased after July 15 include a $40 late fee.