Chicago puts temporary hold on ticketing, towing and debt collection

 The City of Chicago will be temporarily suspending debt collection practices and non-safety related citations and impounds, as well as penalties for late payment

mayorlightfootcityMayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced that the City of Chicago will be temporarily suspending debt collection practices and non-safety related citations and impounds, as well as penalties for late payment taking effect immediately today through April 30, 2020.

Residents who owe debt will not face ticket doubling and defaults on payment plans during the health crisis.

Ticket Issuance

  • Enforcement will be prioritized for safety-related violations.
  • Enforcement on compliance-related violations will be suspended until April 30, 2020
  • No towing or booting

Parking, Red Light, Speed Camera Violation Collections

  • Delay assessment of penalty (ticket doubling) until after April 30, 2020 
  • Delay driver’s license suspension until after April 30, 2020
  • No Booting until after April 30, 2020
  • Delay referral of tickets to collection firms until after April 30, 2020
  • No defaults of payment plans for until after April 30, 2020 

Utility Bills

  • Extend due dates until after April 30, 2020 delaying assessment of penalties
  • Delay referrals to collection firms until after April 30, 2020
  • No defaults of payment plans until after April 30, 2020

Administrative Hearing Collections

  • Extend due dates until after April 30, 2020 (this will delay assessment of interest)
  • Delay referrals to collection firms until after April 30, 2020
  • No defaults of payment plans until after April 30, 2020

Other Collection Efforts

  • Extend deadline for TNP and taxi drivers to pay debt to April 30
  • No debt holds on new licenses or permits
  • Law firms and collection agencies will cease collection efforts.

For updates and information on City policies related to COVID-19 go to the City of Chicago website.

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