CHICAGO SEIZED AND SOLD NEARLY 50,000 CARS OVER TICKETS SINCE 2011, STICKING OWNERS WITH DEBT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


CHICAGO SEIZED AND SOLD NEARLY 50,000 CARS OVER TICKETS SINCE 2011, STICKING OWNERS WITH DEBT

Sandra Botello moved to Chicago five years ago for what she called “the opportunities.”

Now 41, she and her children had been evicted from her home in Idaho when her landlord’s property was foreclosed.

The move to Chicago indeed delivered opportunities. She earned an associates degree and then enrolled at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and now works as an executive administrative assistant downtown. And, two of her four kids snagged scholarships to private schools.

But her time in Chicago has also been mired with a major hurdle. It started with citations for the city road tax collected through “city stickers.” After failing to keep up with ticket payments, the city seized her car and sold it to a private towing company, only to have none of the sale price applied to her debt.

Botello is not alone.

According to a WBEZ analysis of thousands of towing records and invoices, the city regularly pulls residents into a nexus of ticket-related debt and car seizures that is stunning in its scope.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a shakedown for money, because the City of Chicago seems to be impotent to hang on the money its got, or spend it wisely.

I cannot imagine having this done to you, and not want greatly to "vote with your feet". and get out of there.

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