The Ticket Trap40th Ward
For example: 200 North State St., 2800 S. California Ave.
Alderman Patrick O'Connor
Who lives here:
Total Due: $22.1 million
The sum of all tickets and late penalties due in a given ward from citations issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018. A small number of tickets have a negative amount due. We take this field at face value: The negative amounts are included in our summations.
Payment Rate: 66%
The portion of tickets marked as “paid” in a given ward, from citations issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018.
Total Paid: $47.6 million
The amount of money paid, including any late penalties, for tickets issued between Jan. 1, 1996, and May 14, 2018.
Tickets Issued: 197,700
The number of tickets issued between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2017.
Police-Issued Rate: 41%
The portion of tickets written by police officers, and not city parking enforcement aides, private contractors or others who can also issue vehicle citations, between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2017. Citywide, police issued 39 percent of all tickets during that period.
Average Ticket Cost: $74
This shows the average cost of tickets issued in a given ward between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2017.
Percentage Tied to Notice of Vehicle or License Seizure: 12%
The percentage of tickets issued between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2017, that were tied to a notice from the city of a pending vehicle seizure or license suspension on the date the data was extracted. Two unpaid tickets can trigger a boot on a vehicle. The city can initiate license suspensions after motorists accumulate 10 unpaid parking tickets or five unpaid traffic camera tickets.
Percentage Tied to a Bankruptcy: 1% or less
The portion of tickets issued between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2017, that were tied to a bankruptcy on the date the data was extracted. Thousands of motorists with ticket debt file for bankruptcy each year to get legal protection that allows them to hold on to their driver’s licenses and vehicles while their cases are active. Most bankruptcies end in dismissals, meaning without debt relief; when that happens, the city can once again go after motorists for unpaid tickets.
Percentage Contested: 12%
The portion of tickets issued between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2017, that were appealed through the city’s administrative hearings system.
Percentage Contested and Won: 63%
The portion of tickets that were contested and thrown out after an administrative hearing.