CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is opposing an idea that would change the long-standing law that allows anyone with a handicapped parking placard to park for free all day at a metered space.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, White said Tuesday during a disabled parking placard sting in the Loop that he is going on record opposing legislation proposed by state Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park) to do away with free meters for all but those who are physically unable to feed them.

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“Let me give you an example – if it’s a snowy day, and it’s tough for a person to pull their car up along the curb, and then find a ramp to get up to the sidewalk, and then try to put a card into the meter, I think that that’s a tremendous hardship on the people who are disabled,” White said.

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Police on Tuesday fanned out in the Loop to target people who were misusing disability placards. They found 10 violators, and wrote $4,000 in tickets.

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Aside from those who abuse the placards, there are many people who have them legally and are capable of using the pay boxes.