Oak Park and River Forest vehicle sticker deadlines hit, fines now apply


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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

When the clock struck midnight Monday, Oak Parkers who failed to obtain a current vehicle sticker for their cars and trucks will have to pay a late fee or face the possibility of a ticket.

Midnight Monday was the deadline to purchase a vehicle sticker without penalty; every vehicle owned by an Oak Park resident must display a valid sticker or risk a $50 ticket. A $20 late fee now applies for those getting a sticker. Registration for vehicle stickers can be done at village hall or online.

The online renewal system will continue to function after midnight, but will automatically add the $20 late fee.

For more information, including rates for various types of vehicles, visit oak-park.us/parking, email parking@oak-park.us or call 708-358-7275, option 5.

The vehicle sticker deadline for River Forest residents has also passed, but River Forest police are offering a one-week grace period and won't ticket vehicles without stickers until Tuesday, July 23.

At that time, offenders face a $30 ticket. The cost for stickers from July 16-Aug. 14 is an extra $10, while people getting stickers from Aug. 15-Oct. 15 face an extra $15 fee. Those registering after Oct. 15 will face a $20 fee. Stickers were available prior to deadline for $45 (cars) and $50 (trucks).

River Forest law requires all vehicles registered and primarily housed in town to have a current vehicle sticker, including cars that are rarely driven or kept in a garage. Stickers are available by mail, online at www.vfr.us or at village hall, 400 Park Ave.

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Pay Up Scofflaws  

Posted: July 17th, 2013 9:20 AM

La Grange Park enlists help collecting parking fines. State comptroller program flags down scofflaws and makes them pay. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/ct-tl-la-grange-park-parking-tickets-collection-20130717,0,1315977.story

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 6:13 PM

Bill, Let's hope someone from Village Hall is willing to join in the discussion. Village Clerk Powell regularly posts comments and shares information via this forum. She could certainly address the questions you and others have raised.

Bill from Oak Park  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 4:34 PM

@Jim Coughlin. Understand the purpose of the revenues. Why does this have to be a separate, inconvenient, dicely collected tax? All property owners benefit from roads so add it to property tax while reducing the admin and enforcement costs. Too simple?

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 1:47 PM

Let's hope to hear some facts from President Anan or Clerk Powell on revenues and expenditures before talking about getting rid of the vehicle stickers. This could be an important funding source for street maintenance. We sure need to repair the deteriorating conditions in Oak Park's neighborhoods.

Hey Anan!  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 12:56 PM

Isn't this part of why we elected Anan was the promise of a top-to-bottom review of parking policies and fees? Let's include the vehicle sticker in that discussion. Get rid of it. Now. Less village bureaucracy please.

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 12:30 PM

Bill, I think the revenue from sticker sales is required to be dedicated to the Village's street fund. How much is generated and how it has been spent might be a good question for Village Clerk Powell or the Finance Director to address. Hopefully, the money is being used to pay to fill potholes and resurface some of our neighborhood streets and alleys. I trust it hasn't just been allocated to pay for another Downtown Oak Park red brick project.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 12:28 PM

I miss Norridge's vehicle sticker program. Back in 2003 it was $5 about what it cost for the sticker and to operate the program. The wheel tax is nothing more than a cash grab.

Bill from Oak Park  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 12:11 PM

Why don't we just eliminate the sticker all together? Is it a Chicagoland tradition that MUST be honored. Seems the village could tack it on to our property tax and eliminate the labor by village staff and police to issue and check compliance. Not to mention eliminating my annual ritual of buying and scraping car stickers.

Chris Carrier  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 12:10 PM

Also, $100 late fee? Most of the complaints I see are anti-heavy handed government, yet when the commenter is not the subject of the fine, they're all for jacking it up. Why not $1000? Why not tow the car and sell it at auction?

Chris Carrier  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 12:08 PM

I know it's not the WJ's fault - but would have been nice to see this article BEFORE Monday.

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 11:32 AM

@ "What from Oak Park"- That would be a long list as it involves a number of service industry and property management operations. Village Hall is well aware of the businesses that weasel out of the sticker requirement. There's not a thing that can be done as long as the vehicles are properly registered in an different community. It's frustrating and annoying but perfectly legal.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 9:06 AM

Jim - outstanding idea. I'd also like to see proof of insurance required when purchasing village ot city stickers and when renewing license plates. Insurance is mandatory in this state but it is never asked for until an accident takes place.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: July 16th, 2013 9:03 AM

The village could reap a fortune by running license plates of those parked around town who have no sticker. Run the plate, send them a bill. And make the late fee $100.

What?? from Oak Park  

Posted: July 15th, 2013 11:53 PM

JIm, kindly name those prominent businesses that are "scamming" us taxpayers. If it's in fact true, maybe us customers could vote with our feet.

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 15th, 2013 11:37 PM

Good suggestion. How about requiring proof of purchase of a current sticker in order to register a vehicle and obtain state license plates? It should also be noted that a number of businesses that most residents would think are based in Oak Park do not buy stickers. They claim their fleet vehicles are instead registered in other communities. It's a fairly widespread scam involving some rather prominent local business operators.


Posted: July 15th, 2013 8:48 PM

All the Village would have to do is run a match with the state with all state license plate holders who live in the 60302 & 60304 zip codes. Whoever doesn't have a sticker, send them a bill. I feel like a fool buying 2 stickers & seeing all the cars without stickers parked around Oak Park!


Posted: July 15th, 2013 7:26 PM

If you want to do a good story, please look into why Oak Park keeps issuing parking permits to residents with out of state plates. They clearly live here but are defrauding Oak Park, the state, and their insurance company by maintaining out of state registration. It is beyond obvious. The policy should be: After one quarter, prove you live out of state, or no more permit. The rest of us subsidize these liars.

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