July 18, 2013 |
It's the next best thing to a parking ticket that pays itself. Ticket Ninja, launched in Chicago this week, is a new online platform that promises to pay city parking tickets automatically -- before users get hit with a late fee. It was the brainchild of Nick Gartmann, a 24-year-old software engineer, who launched the service in his hometown of Milwaukee and in Madison, Wisc., as the result of racking up late fees on tickets he had received....
January 30, 2014 |
A suburban man didn't like the outcome after he contested a parking ticket with the city, so he posted a violent screed to YouTube threatening the life of a city hearing officer, county prosecutors said. Michael Dixon, 40, of Country Club Hills, posted the 11-minute video to YouTube on Jan. 14, then mailed his hearing officer a letter directing him to the video, prosecutors said Thursday. The video, posted by an account called Voice from Chicago, features a man with his face obscured talking about the details of a $50 ticket he received after...
February 6, 2014 |
Chicago has something of a YouTube problem. As social media sites grow in popularity and police investigators become increasingly savvy to them, more local residents are being charged with crimes after their alleged offenses wind up on social media. In just the past week, Chicago Police officials have charged two men with crimes related to videos posted to the public video sharing site. In one instance, a man was accused of threatening a city official's life in a YouTube screed against city-issued parking tickets.
October 1, 2012 |
It's no secret that the CTA is strapped for cash, but it appears the agency's employees are too. About 1,300 CTA employees, who account for 13 percent of the CTA's workforce, owe money to the city, according to data released last month by the city. The tab? About $460,000. It's been a year since Mayor Emanuel cracked down on city employee debt, which typically is made up of unpaid parking tickets and fines. The mayor told city department heads to make their employees pay their debt in full, get onto a payment plan or risk facing...
February 8, 2012 |
I'd like to toast the Second City for snatching sixth place on Forbes magazine's list of most miserable cities in the U.S. Up one spot from No. 7 since last year. Congrats, everyone! Nice work! Gotta give it up for Chicago! We're miserable? So what!? Hell, say it loud and say it proud! Can someone get me a bottle of 312 up in here, 'cause I am so gonna drink to that! OK fine, so our spring lasts about five minutes and our winters go on for about 15 months, plunging us into temperatures so cold they make you wanna cry - like real,...
August 29, 2012 |
Between texting, Yelping, tweeting, Instagraming and coming up with a good line for a Facebook check-in (don't judge), distracted dining has become the new norm and, let me tell you, I am all for it. But it looks like one restaurant owner is trying to change our dining etiquette. According to a recent CNN story, a restaurant in L.A. is offering customers a 5 percent discount to check their phones at the door to be more in the moment with their meal, and with each other. Huh. Back to the basics?