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Vernon Area Public Library No Longer Collecting Overdue Fines

The Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire said overdue fines added up to only about half a percent of their annual budget, and eliminating the fines allows them to save money on the staff time and service costs needed to collect them.


A Southwest Airlines jet (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Southwest Airlines Socked With $1.6M Fine For Midway Delays Last Winter

It’s a record fine for violating federal rules against long tarmac delays.


The Exposition Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. (Photo Credit: Illinois Department of Agriculture)

Illinois State Fair Managers Fined For Ethics Violations

A state commission has fined managers of both of Illinois’ State Fairs for ethics violations over beer tickets, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.


A city worker removes graffiti.  (Credit: Vince Gerasole)

Aldermen Back Tougher Fines For Graffiti

The Committee on Public Safety on Thursday recommended the full City Council approve increased fines for those convicted of graffiti offenses from $750 to a range of $1,500 to $2,500.


City Hall

Mayor Seeks Big Fines For Gun Offenses Near Schools

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes to keep gunslingers away from public schools, buses and Safe Passage Program routes by creating a city ordinance with stiff fines for weapon offenses.


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Mayor Seeks Bigger Fines For Cyclists Who Break Traffic Laws, ‘Dooring’

Cyclists who violate traffic laws or motorists who open their doors in front of people on bikes would face steeper fines under a measure Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced to the City Council on Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–05/08/2013

Bagpipers march in the 2009 South Side Irish Parade. Organizers shut down the parade after that year due to drunken violence among the crowd. Organizers plan a one-year trial of a new parade with a zero-tolerance policy on alcohol in 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Stricter South Side Irish Parade Marks 2nd Year

After a three-year hiatus, the parade returned last year with a zero tolerance policy for drunks. As CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, organizers say expect the same crackdown this year.


Photo Of Bugs (AP Photo/Virginia Tech Department of Entomology)

Aldermen Take Aim At Fighting Bed Bugs; Propose $1,000 Fine

Property owners will be responsible for getting rid of bed bugs if an ordinance being proposed by thee Chicago alderman becomes law.

WBBM Newsradio–01/29/2013

An Illinois toll booth. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Appeal Tollway Fines, Face Even Bigger Penalties

For two years, Joe Greco has been battling the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority over $57.60 in missed tolls. When he lost an appeal controlled by the state agency, his bill jumped to $3,000. CBS 2’s Dave Savini reports.


Garbage Can

Woman Says She Was Cited For Others’ Dumping, Fines Doubled In Court

A South Side woman was left scratching her head when she got $600 in tickets for garbage left behind her home.

WBBM Newsradio–09/14/2012

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Chicago Libraries To Waive Fines For Overdue Books

If you finally return your overdue books, the Chicago Public Library will waive the fine.


Handicapped Parking

Governor Signs Laws To Crack Down On Disabled Parking Fraud

Illinois is increasing penalties for those who misuse parking placards and license plates for the disabled.

CBS Chicago–07/23/2012

Parking Ticket

Crackdown Begins For Chicago Motorists Without City Stickers

CBS 2’s Jim Williams rode along Monday as authorities went on the hunt for scofflaws.


Graffiti Artist

Alderman Wants To Increase Fines, Ensure Possible Jail Time For Graffiti Taggers

A Chicago alderman wants a new strategy to fight graffiti.

CBS Chicago–06/19/2012

Community activists want vacant buildings like this one, which are owned by banks after foreclosures, to be boarded up, cleaned up and secured before the first day of classes for the Chicago Public Schools. (Credit: CBS)

Fine Collections Against Banks Way Up Since Ordinance On Vacant Properties

Since the City Council approved an ordinance holding banks accountable for vacant properties, the city has collected more than $600,000 in fines from financial institutions.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2012

An ordinance in the city of Chicago makes it illegal for cars to have tinted windows on the front driver's side and front passenger's side, even though state law allows some tinting of those windows, as long as the driver can see through them. (Credit: CBS)

Court Battle Brews Over Tinted Car Window Laws

A warning to residents, commuters, visitors, and even those just passing through Chicago: A popular decoration for your car could net you a $250 fine.

CBS 2–04/04/2012

Cook County Board

County Considers New Fines For Drug Paraphernalia, Snow Dumping, Public Urination

The Cook County Board is considering enacting new fines for a variety of offenses from public urination to illegal refrigerator dumping.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2012

James Rojas says he was cleared of unpaid parking tickets, but the city is still seizing his Illinois tax return refund. (CBS)

Another Motorist Says Chicago Is Wrongly Seizing His State Tax Refund

The city of Chicago is going after the state income-tax refunds of drivers who haven’t paid parking fines. CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman talks with one man who says he was wrongly targeted.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel Defends Disciplinary Policies At Noble Network School

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is vigorously defending policies at the Noble Charter Schools where students are fined for what some parents say are minor infractions.

CBS Chicago–02/15/2012

Activists protest the discipline policy and Noble Network charter schools. (CBS)

Students, Parents Protest Noble Network School Discipline Policy

Some parents and activists rallied at Chicago Public School headquarters in the Loop today to accuse a chain of charter schools of overly harsh discipline.