Hey everyone, I saw a blog that was posted back in 2011 about the people who had the city sticker permits but got towed or ticketed still during bears games. The same happened to me but on the temporary "guest" soldier field event window plackert it clearly states that for this year, residents with the city permit for certain zones do not need any additional documentation. I contested my ticket with the city and somehow they told me I still owe! I did not bring up what it says on the plackert because I did not see it at the time. My questions are... Has anyone recently won a battle over this and should I go to the City to try and fight this even further?
I believe you are correct, but that doesn't mean it's going stop the overzealous parking nazis.
And if it's any consolation, it also happens to folks around White Sox park. I have a friend who lives within a stone's throw of the park and he has 1) A zoned City Sticker, 2) A White Sox Resident Sticker, -- and 3) on game days he even puts his Visitor Pass in the window of his car if he is even remotely in a spot that parking enforcement thinks is towable area -- and he's still gotten a ticket!
I would say get all your documentation out and if you have the time - fight it.
Yes, I have been through this and it's unbelievably infuriating. Our car was parked on 16th, between Michigan and Indiana, has the zoned parking within the city sticker permit. It was towed and while I was at the tow yard picking up the car, the guy that drives you to get your car told me that there were others that day in the same situation. We contested it and my husband had to go to the hearing and we won. We got reimbursed for the towing fee that I had to pay and ticket was tossed.
The confusion is that we used to need to have the extra Bears parking permit/placard in the window, but they got smart and decided to say that if you had the permanent zone parking in your city sticker that you didn't need the temp placard and you are right, it is even mentioned on the bottom of the placard. The problem is that the ticket writers and towers (Streets & San--or private if they've hired a private towing firm, but I don't think they do) either don't care or haven't been told. I called the Ald. office when it happened (last year) and they understood and felt bad, but couldn't do anything about it. They did tell me if I lost at the hearing they would reimburse me which I would be surprised if they did.
Fight this and bring a picture of your city sticker with the zoned parking number clearly visible and absolutely bring the placard that clearly states you don't need that in your car if you have the zoned parking. Also bring your license and proof of address. It's a pain to go to a hearing but worth it because it's so infuriating, following the rules and then having to go through that. Also contact the Ald. office and let them know. Ask them to talk to Streets and San about it. This should not be happening. Good luck.
We had a situation not quite as bad but still maddening. My boyfriend had the visitor poster (it's huge) in his car and LAZ was still going to write him a ticket on game day. We happened to see it from the balcony and yelled down to stop him. I am 100% certain that this was calculated by the guy, they work on commission and while we would have contested the ticket, WHO has time to go to a hearing etc.... so at the end of the day we probably would have ended up paying. Has this happened to anyone else?
You DO NOT need that big plackard from the aldermans office if you have a city sticker. Period. This is even true of those guest parking passes that go on your window. I have confirmed with the alderman's office many times. In fact, they told me those plackards are not even necessary and will be no more next year, but they still give them to residents for their "peace of mind". My friend got a ticket once with the visitors parking pass, he called aldermans office, they said that is a mistake and that most parking officers 'do not know the rules' and to contest it by mail. So he did, and he won.
I too live on Michigan Ave, but have my residential parking permit for zone 1675 because I'm considered a "boarder zone" resident. I have lived here for 3 years, but my car has out of state plates and because I lack the Bears Game permit (which apparently isn't required) was towed. The $170 fee at the impound lot is steep, plus the ticket itself. My court hearing is next week to contest the situation.
After hearing all this - it sounds like I'm completely legal and the ticket officers and towing employees simply don't know the rules. Can't wait to fight this and am expecting a win. Thanks for all the info.