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A handicapped parking placard. (CBS)

Grace Period On Disabled Parking Changes Ends Thursday

If you’ve got a blue disabled parking placard, get ready to shell out for parking at meters in Illinois.

01/15/2014

A handicapped parking placard. (CBS)

Crackdown On Illegal Use Of Disabled-Parking Placards Starts In 2 Weeks

Only people who have a new yellow and gray “meter-exempt permanent placard” will be allowed to park free at meters statewide under a new Illinois law that takes effect this New Year’s Day.

01/02/2014

Parking restriction in the West Loop. (CBS)

Day Tripper Parking Ban Experiment Turns Sour

The City’s attempt to protect free parking for residents and business just west of the Loop has a lot of people upset.

12/26/2013

No Free Parking A Major Change For Drivers With Disabilities

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office is getting out the word: big changes are coming soon for drivers with disabilities.

08/19/2013

Parking Meter Pay Box

Parking Meter Firm Sends City Another Big Bill

Another hefty bill has arrived at City Hall from the company that leases Chicago’s parking meters.

CBS Chicago–05/24/2012

Parking Meter Pay Box

Mayor Disputing $13.5M Bill For Disabled Parking

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says – for now – he is holding off on paying $13.5 million to the company that controls the city’s parking meters in connection with losses from free parking for the disabled.

12/13/2011

A Chicago parking pay and display box (Helen Marshall/WBBM Photo)

Secretary Of State To Probe Disabled Parking Placard Abuse

A top-to-bottom review of the state’s parking program for people with disabilities will begin in January, in the wake of a Chicago Sun-Times investigation that found that more able-bodied people than ever are illegally using disabled-parking placards to park for free in metered spots in Chicago.

11/22/2011

Handicapped Parking

Report: Many Drivers Abusing Handicap Placards, Parking For Free

A new report details how a growing number of drivers are cheating the system and parking for free all day at Chicago’s metered spaces.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2011

Library Generic (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Waukegan Library Wants To Keep Free Parking

The Waukegan Library Board of Trustees hopes it’s not too late to persuade city aldermen to change their mind on new parking regulations.

WBBM Newsradio–03/07/2011

Maywood Park

Guide To Maywood Park Racetrack

Chicago is a sports-obsessed city. That obsession has no limits, and it expands beyond the four major sports into areas like harness racing. Maywood Park Racetrack, just 17 miles from downtown Chicago, stands on what […]

10/03/2010