A citizen of Chicago has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Chicago alleging that her car was booted, impounded, and scrapped because she hadn’t paid tickets—and that she received no compensation for either her vehicle or the personal property inside it. According to this citizen, the City did not send her appropriate notices before scrapping her car.
According to the lawsuit and related investigative reporting, the City of Chicago unlawfully boots, tows, impounds and scraps thousands of vehicles per year in connection with unpaid parking tickets. The owners of these vehicles—which are often worth far more than the scrap value—do not receive any compensation from the City. Incredibly, according to the allegations, the City does not even credit the money it makes from selling the vehicles toward the amounts allegedly owed for the unpaid tickets. People not only lose their cars after failing to pay as few as three tickets—according to the suit—but the City still alleges that they owe the full amount charged for tickets, towing, and impoundment.
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