CHICAGO (CBS) — Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) wants to crack down on Wrigleyville residents who sell their neighborhood parking permits.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports, the issue is not new. Tunney and others say the sale of the valuable stickers has been going on for a long time, and is not surprising given the almost non-existent legal parking near Wrigley Field, the Chicago Tribune reported.
LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports
But the current penalties don’t seem to be having much of a deterrent effect.
Thus, Tunney wants to hike the fines from the current $500 to $750 for a second offense, $1,000 for a third, and $1,500 after that, the Tribune reported.
Tunney is quoted in the Tribune as saying people who sell parking permits shouldn’t be put in jail, but something needs to be done.
For decades, neighbors near Wrigley Field have rented out their garages to suburbanites and residents of other parts of the city who elect to drive to Cubs games. But while garages are private property, and, of course, are not subject to the regulations of the permit-restricted public way.
Parking is permit-restricted in large parts of the Lakeview neighborhood, with a tow warning for anyone who parks without a permit during a Cubs night game.
Tunney’s proposal was sent to the City Council Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety, the Tribune reported.