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Parking Ticket After Blizzard Tossed For Disabled Woman

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MARKHAM, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) – Police in the tiny southern suburb of Calumet Park have a bad taste in their mouths after a judge tossed out a parking ticket for a Chicago woman Thursday.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Beverly neighborhood resident Susan Willis has been fighting a parking ticket she received in a parking lot in Calumet Park three after the great blizzard this past February.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780′s Bernie Tafoya reports


Wills has osteoarthritis, walks with a cane, and has a handicap placard for her van.

She had gone to the Ultra Foods store at 127th Street and Ashland Avenue in Calumet Park late in the afternoon that Saturday to pick up some staples.

She said about one-fourth of the parking lot was covered in high piles of snow. Lines designating available spots were hard to distinguish, she added. Wills couldn’t find an open handicapped space.

So she parked her van next to a handicapped space, on the striped area. When she came out of the store, there was a $100 ticket waiting for her.

But the SouthtownStar reported that on Thursday, a judge threw out the ticket on a technicality – a police officer hadn’t properly filled it out.

Wills says she won one for the little guy, but Calumet Park police Chief Mark Davis said she was still in the wrong and got away with it, the newspaper reported.

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