Thursday last day for Oak Park vehicle stickers

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

Thursday, June 30, is the last day to purchase vehicle stickers in Oak Park, without facing a fine.

Anyone who owns or rents a car and lives in Oak Park must have the little $50 sticker displayed on their windshield by midnight. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay a $20 late fee, and risk a $50 ticket, according to a village press release.

Stickers are available for purchase at village hall, 123 Madison, up until 5 p.m., but the village says to “expect long lines.” Returning residents can also buy them online at, at a 10 percent discount, but newcomers must come to village hall.

For more information, call 708-358-7275, option 5, or email

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epic lulz  

Posted: July 6th, 2011 2:34 PM

I wish that I could say that I am surprised to see so many free-riding crooks living in OP.


Posted: July 5th, 2011 6:30 PM

I walk down the alley between Marion and Maple to go to the el. As I walk by the parking lots, I notice that most cars do NOT have parking stickers on their cars. This ticks me off because I bought a sticker and park in a lot and because cops can give tickets even on private property, I didn't want to get a ticket. But it seems that all those stickerless cars have the right idea. Next year, no sticker for me since I won't get ticketed!

Sticker Seller in another town  

Posted: July 5th, 2011 3:03 PM

I am not sure who you "non sticker buyers" think you are fooling, however, Oak Park merely needs to purchase the proper software to get a list of all reigister vehicles in Oak Park and mail you a non-compliance ticket. I have watched it happen with my own eyes in another village.

Betsy from Oak Park  

Posted: July 5th, 2011 2:58 PM

Yes, of course a vehicle sticker is a tax. Taxes pay for all sorts of services that, if you own a car, you use.

Never Buying an OP Sticket  

Posted: July 5th, 2011 9:47 AM

If you do not have dedicated parking, sure charge for the sticker. For those of us that own a garage and pay taxes on said garage should have NO obligation to buy the sticker. I use a car for commuting to work in another city; I ride my bike or walk anywhere else. Never buying a sticker.

OP Resident from OP  

Posted: July 3rd, 2011 9:06 PM

@editor Not true. Oak Park has no list of non buyers. The database for who needs to buy a sticker is not considered reliable. The company that prepares it has vehicles that have been sold years ago and people who have moved included in the database. Simply put, if you never buy a sticker you will probabaly never get a ticket. Save your money and don't buy a sticker. If you get a ticket every few years, you'll still be up. If you do get a ticket, mail in the fine and still don't buy one.

editor from Oak Park  

Posted: July 3rd, 2011 6:40 PM

Bad advice to not buy a sticker if you are already on the list as a sticker buyer. Oak Park collectors pride themselves on spending hours searching for everyone who has not bought a sticker. Then that information is passed onto the ticket writes who will search for the car. Once spotted, you have a ticket, plus a sticker to buy, plus the fine for not buying the sticker, and of course the ticket. It's just another means for collecting money to spend on more unneeded projects.

Matt from Oak Park  

Posted: July 3rd, 2011 1:26 AM

I thought I was the only one who didn't buy the sticker, my car is way too nice for that ugly thing. Plus the village gets more than enough money from me, and it is getting embarrasing for people to know I live in Oak Park

30 year OP Resident from OP  

Posted: July 2nd, 2011 10:01 PM

Don't bother buying a sticker if you keep your can in a private garage overnight. If you don't have an old sticker in your window they will never know to write you a ticket. If you park overnight in a place that can be viewed from the public way you are a risk of a ticket. The outside spot next to your garage could put you at risk. It's viewable from the alley. You'll never get a ticket if you keep the car in the garage. This sticker is a waste of money if you own a home and have a garage.

Never Buying an Oak Park Sticker from Oak Park  

Posted: July 2nd, 2011 4:23 PM

Never bought one, never buying one. Lived in OP for eight years now, I'm waaaaaaay ahead. Stickers are stupid. When I lived in NM, they didn't have this stupid tax. That's what stickers are, a tax.

Juan from Oak Park  

Posted: July 2nd, 2011 10:21 AM

If you can't afford a vehicle sticker this year I have some advice. Immediately scrape the old sticker(s) from Oak Park off your windshield. This will greatly reduce the likelyhood that you will get a ticket for no current sticker. Parking enforcement uses old stickers as a que for who didn't buy a current one. This won't work if you park in an overnight OP lot or street parking. Most tickets for no current sticker are given to cars with an expired sticker from a previous year.

Editor from Oak Park  

Posted: July 1st, 2011 8:41 PM

Money is scarce so what would you have done? Take a kick in the genitals or pay the 20 dollars penalty? Genital kick wasn't offered this year, so it was 20 dollars to the big boy's upstairs or risk a ticket from the meter patrol hunting down village registered vehicles. They are certainly a persistent bunch of buggers.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: July 1st, 2011 6:52 PM

Thanks for the info, Clerk Powell. Is it possible for the Village to obtain a list from the State of Illinos of vehicles registered to Oak Park residents that could be cross referenced?


Posted: July 1st, 2011 5:31 PM

The VS doesnt really serve any purpose, does it?


Posted: July 1st, 2011 3:25 PM

Sorry, Jim, then the State would be enforcing local ordinances, which is probably unconstitutional. Besides that, not every town charges this local tax, and that is all it is.

Teresa Powell  

Posted: July 1st, 2011 2:27 PM

I'm all for collaboration, but each municipality has its own deadline for vehicle sticker renewal (April in Forest Park, June in Oak Park) so it could be a challenge to implement this. Not sure if every municipality has a vehicle sticker process, or what is done in unincorporated areas, either.

Jim Coughlin  

Posted: July 1st, 2011 12:44 PM

I woould like to see a cooperative effort between the State of Illinois and local municipalities. Applications for license plates renewal should require proof of a valid vehicle sticker.

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