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Judge Tosses City Fines Against Elderly Landlords

The city says property owners were responsible for rat burrows on this public alley. (CBS)

The city says property owners were responsible for rat burrows on this public alley. (CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – An elderly landlord couple charged $500 for rat abatement on city property will not have to pay.

The Niles couple — both are in their eighties — was ticketed by the city of Chicago Streets and Sanitation Department on two occasions — once for $650 and a second time for $2,240.

They fought back the second time and were the subject of reporter Brad Edwards’ original report on Monday.

Now, those violations have been tossed out. That includes the $500 fine for rat abatement measures on the parkway and alley, which are city property.