Chicago's Boot Crew Now Working Round the Clock

Booting hours extended to 24 hours a day

By Matt Bartosik
|  Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009  |  Updated 12:35 PM CDT
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Scofflaws could wake up to find a shiny new boot on their car, now that crews scan the streets overnight.

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Alright, delinquents. If you've been collecting parking tickets as if they were baseball cards, it's time to pay up. The Windy City has just turned into the City That Never Sleeps ... when it comes to booting cars anyway.

The city's Department of Revenue recently began booting vehicles 24 hours a day, 6 days a week.

Up until the change, booting crews in Chicago started their hunt at around 6 a.m. and ended around 2:30 p.m. Scofflaws who managed to keep their cars off the streets between these hours (for example, by driving to and parking at work) could probably avoid a bright yellow boot.

But now that a new third shift has been hired, these parallel miscreants are even more likely wake up to find that their cars earned a new accessory overnight.  The new shift runs from 9:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., when crews silently roam the streets looking for offenders and for an increase to the city's revenue.

City-owned parking lots at both O'Hare and Midway Airports have allowed 24-hour booting for some time, and—perhaps unsurprisingly—the 41st Ward (which includes O'Hare) leads the city in boot violations, according to recent reports.

The rest of the city will now cash in on this action, and boots will likely surpass the Department's current 2010 estimate of 66,000.

Parking culprits are shaking in their boots tonight.

Matt Bartosik, a "between blogs" blogger, is tough as an old boot.

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