Wheeling, IL asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois

Q: I parked on a street with no parking signage. Got a ticket for parking from 2 am-6 am. There were no signs.

The only sign was on the other side of the street. It said "No parking on THIS side of the street". I parked where I did on advice of residents of more than 20 years who have assigned parking in a private lot. Also, I'm not an Illinois resident and have Missouri plates and active Missouri registration. However, on my ticket, they listed my vehicle as having an Illinois plate. How is having unposted ordinances legal? Will the error on my ticket get me out of the issue?

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Christine S. Janis
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A: When it comes to parking in Chicago, many streets are open for overnight parking (except between December 1 and March 1 and after 2" of snowfall accumulation, when most overnight parking is restricted to allow for plowing). That said, there are also many neighborhoods in which overnight parking restrictions may exist even if they are not marked with signage. In these areas, if you have not been preapproved for overnight parking or your vehicle does not display the proper parking sticker or pass, you can be ticketed regardless of whether or not there is visible signage.

As for the error on the face of your ticket, while you COULD contest the ticket on the grounds that it is not your vehicle, if the other information on the ticket is correct, one small error may not matter, and it would cost you more to contest it that it likely would to pay the ticket. However, if you learn that there were no parking restrictions in place in the area where you received the ticket, it might be worth speaking to an experienced traffic attorney in the city of Chicago to discuss your options.

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