Hope For People Who Had Licenses Revoked Due To Unpaid Tickets

Bernie Tafoya
March 12, 2019 - 10:32 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- There may be some hope for people who’ve had their driver’s licenses suspended because they haven’t paid the city for things like parking tickets.

There’s a new attempt in Springfield to reverse a law allowing the city of Chicago and other municipalities to have people’s driver’s licenses suspended for non-payment of things like parking tickets.

ACLU Director of Criminal Justice Policy Ben Riddell said taking away someone’s license hurts their ability to get to work in most cases because 80 percent of people in Illinois drive to work. He said they can’t pay if they can’t work.

"It all comes down to person’s ability to pay, but they’re never able to crawl out of this debt spiral and then when they go to the municipality to try to set up a payment plan, they’re not offered reasonable, affordable options," he said.

Riddell said some people are forced to file bankruptcy because their parking ticket debt gets so high.

There is "relief in sight," he said, as both remaining mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle said they favor reversing the practice.

A spokesman said the city would have no comment.

Riddell points out a similar bill passed the state senate last year, but was not voted on by the Illinois House.