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Woman, City Settle $105K Parking Ticket Tab

Parking ticket is largest in city history



    Woman, City Settle $105K Parking Ticket Tab
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    A Chicago woman whose car collected more than 670 tickets isn't being held to the more than $105,000 in fines those tickets carried.

    Jennifer Fitzgerald and the city on Thursday announced a settlement that requires Fitzgerald to pay a reduced bill of $4,470.

    The bill -- the largest parking ticket tab in city history -- was amassed in the three years a 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo registered in her name sat in a parking garage at O'Hare International Airport.

    Fitzgerald claimed the tickets weren't hers, alleging that her ex-boyfriend registered the car in her name without her permission before abandoning the car in an employee airport lot. She later sued, arguing that she didn't have access to the car, but a judge in April dismissed the case and urged the two parties to work it out.

    Her attorney said the car should have been removed far earlier than it was, thereby reducing the number of tickets it collected.

    With the settlement, Fitzgerald's ex-boyfriend will pay a portion of the sum and she'll continue paying about $80 per month until the tab is cleared.

    She's been unable to get a driver's license because of the massive bill but will be able to do so once the fine is paid.