Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Got a Parking Ticket in Chicago? So Did Everyone Else.
Chicago privatized its parking meter enforcement in February, and records obtained by a FOIA request by The Chicago Tribune show a 26% increase in parking meter violations as compared to last year.
In the first eight months of 2009, 327,650 tickets were issued for expired meters or overstaying a park-and-display spot. That's up from fewer than 260,000 tickets in the same time period in 2008.
The tickets have brought the city $7 million more in revenue.