Old Chicago Parking Tickets?
March 24, 2004 2:43 PM Subscribe
ChicagoMachineFilter: I left Chicago nearly four years ago, and just last night I received a bill from the Chicago Dept. of Revenue (aka Soprano Family, Midwestern Branch) via some law firm called Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson demanding $670 in fines and penalties for parking tickets incurred in 1995. (the more, she is inside.)
posted by scody to Law & Government (11 answers total)
They say that I am on the dreaded boot list (or, more correctly, my old car -- which I sold in 1996 and has probably long-since been junked -- is on the list). I know that when I sold the car, I hadn't paid the tickets (though at least two that they show appear to have been incurred after I sold it); however, when my (now ex-)husband and I later registered our new car (or possibly when I renewed my driver's license -- it's been quite a few years now!), we paid back fines/fees on several old tickets -- which I had always assumed were these tickets from 1995. This is literally the first time I've gotten a collection notice for these tickets in nearly nine years. My questions (beyond what the fuck?!) are:
1) Most urgently, can they contact the California DMV and screw up my ability to re-register my car and/or renew my driver's license here? (Or even boot the car I currently drive? Yes, I know, it sounds paranoid -- but that's Chicago!)
2) If I ever move back to Chicago, will I automatically be prevented from registering a car or getting an IL driver's license again?
3) What are my chances for disputing this? I live halfway across the country now, and of course strongly doubt that either I or my ex still have any relevant paperwork. I'm assuming that at the very least, this will wind up on my credit report -- the credit report I've spent many, many long hard years of working to clean up following a couple of disastrous years of post-grad-school poverty.