The checks are literally already in the mail.
Threatened with termination if they didn't make good on their unpaid parking tickets, red light camera tickets and water bills, more than 1,200 public employees have been brought into compliance, City Hall said Friday.
More than 8,200 employees owed the city nearly $3 million. In the last week, about 1,200 of them have paid their balances in full or have been put on a payment plan, said Tarrah Cooper, a spokeswoman with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.
The payments and pledges total about $405,000.
Those that don't comply by early November could have their wages garnished by the Department of Revenue or face suspension from their jobs. Those who owe more than $1,000 could be fired.