Auto Ticket Relief
Chicago City Clerk is the 2nd highest ranking official in City Government. The Clerk has a powerful Bully Pulpit and is able to advocate for the people and lobby to change law and policy. That includes the manner in which the city deals with tickets and payment plans. The City Clerk can draft legislation and Ordinances for, and on behalf of, citizens and introduce that legislation before the City Council.
Many of the owners who lose their cars do so because they were ticketed for failure to purchase a City Sticker they could not afford at that time. The City Clerk is the official responsible for selling city stickers and establishing policy concerning the terms of sale, enforcement, ticketing, and compliance. The City Clerk can enhance hardship programs to enable people in certain financial and other categories the time they need to buy a city sticker, and thereby avoid being issued a ticket.
Currently there is a "Community Service option available to people with outstanding tickets. However, it is limited in scope. It is unfair to participants, and discriminatory in design and effect. For example, participants in the city's current Community Service program, who want to have tickets dismissed, have to clean-up along the expressway like prisoners are made to do.The disabled, or persons with a phobia concerning fast moving traffic, would not be able to participate. As City Clerk, I would advocate for Community Service that involves interaction with our children and our Seniors. That is Community Service that enriches lives and positively impacts society.
Many owners lose their cars because they cannot afford to pay tickets that doubled in a very short period of time. We realize that is a problem. The City Clerk can fight to fix it. The Denver Boot was not always a part of the city’s enforcement arsenal. I would work to get rid of the Denver Boot.
The cost of collection of fines related to tickets is generally extremely high. The money spent may never be recovered. Therefore, in the past the City of Chicago had Amnesty programs which allowed people who had been ticketed to pay a small fraction of the cost to have those tickets dismissed.
Such Amnesty programs made it possible for more people to engage in normal social interaction and actively participate in the economy, without fear of losing their property.
As City Clerk, I will fight for an Amnesty program the average person with overdue tickets can afford.