CHICAGO (AP) – The Court of Appeals on Friday resumed a lawsuit accusing the city of Chicago of inflated fees and fines for stickers on vehicles and parking violations.
The lawsuit is now being returned to the Cook County Court. Earlier, a district judge dropped a case in which he argued that the city typically exceeded the $ 250 limit set by state law.
“The current mayor has acknowledged that the city is dependent on ticket revenues and that they use tickets to support their budget,” attorney Jesse Solna told the Chicago Tribune. “The problem is that it’s at the expense of our most vulnerable citizens.”
A city spokeswoman said his lawyers were reviewing the appellate court’s decision.
Kyle Garcher, one of the plaintiffs in the case, told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was delighted with the decision. Garcher said that after receiving several tickets with city stickers in 2017 and 2018, he was unable to continue driving for travel companies and earn money to pay for the city.
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“Honestly, it was a constant, crippling burden that weighed on me,” Garcher said Friday. “It’s hard to put into words the feeling that you can’t pay for this stupid ticket.”
Zolnar hopes that this decision will lead to a class action lawsuit, which could mean the return of money to “millions” of people.
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