Chicago to Create Bill Pay Portal

Residents to be able to go to one site to pay city fees

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    Chicago is creating two one-stop-shops to pay city bills.

    The city is working to build an online bill-paying portal coupled with in-person payment locations, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    The project, to be put into place next year, will consolidate bill payment abilities for city fees including vehicle stickers, building permits, red-light violations, and library overdue fines into one place, rather than requiring Chicago residents to go to the websites of individual city departments.

    The paper also reports the program would license third parties, such as banks, grocery stores, libraries, and post offices, to collect such payments, plus a small fee.

    The projects, expected to total $2 million, are part of the Innovation Loan Fund, announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in January.

    Other projects to be implemented under the plan include using Google mapping technology to inventory private-benefit signs for loading zones and valet parking, among other things, along with an automation of city inspection scheduling processes, the Tribune reported.