Lincoln Towing's License Revoked After ICC Unanimous Vote

Mike Krauser
September 12, 2018 - 12:44 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Illinois Commerce Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to immediately revoke the business license of Lincoln Towing.

Lincoln Towing has long been the focus of complaints by people claiming their cars were towed illegally. It was made infamous by the late Chicago folk singer Steve Goodman, whose lyrics to the song "Lincoln Park Pirates" include the line, "they're all recent graduates of the charm school in Joliet," in reference to the prison.

The Illinois Commerce Commission found evidence of more than 800 unauthorized tows of over a period of less than a year. The commissioners went against their own administrative law judge's decision, who said Lincoln Towing should not lose its license. 

The firm, or outlet as Goodman called it, can appeal the decision in court. 

Here's an example of what some complained about: 

Cars parked legally at a North Side synagogue were towed, including the Rabi's car. 

"They took everyone's car, everyone's car. And they pulled out this like 1995 contract and said that was the reason...and we said okay, even his this contract somehow existed...everyone was still allowed to park there," he said.

That congregation member said six cars were towed at a cost of about $1,400.

Lincoln Towing refused to release the cars until they paid, he said, although he convinced his credit card to reimburse him.