SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 - Begins yet another backtrack *** Ira strikes again!

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013

* Sen. Ira Silverstein, who abandoned his attempt to regulate blog comments after a national uproar ensued, also has a bill to boot your car if you owe Chicago money

The debtor would have as few as 24 hours to pay up or the city would be allowed to sell or auction the vehicle, using the proceeds to pay off the debt.

The measure, which is being proposed as the city ramps up enforcement of its newly expanded red-light camera network, would apply to all debts and judgments, from overdue water bills to unpaid permit fees, housing court fines and other IOUs.

A spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city is reviewing the legislation and has taken no position on it. Mr. Silverstein says he has not spoken with the city and introduced the bill at the request of a lobbyist friend whose clients include a law firm with a large collections practice.

The bill is here.

Sheesh.

*** UPDATE *** He’s already backing off a bit

On Tuesday, Silverstein acknowledged that the language in his booting bill is a little harsh and needs to be softened.

It would give deadbeats just 24 hours to pay up before the boot is applied. It would further empower municipalities to sell or auction the vehicle and use the proceeds to pay the debt.

“The 24-hour rule probably needs to be changed” and extended, the senator said.

And revealed the lobbyist’s name

“This came to me from Adam Braun, a lobbyist representing some of the collection firms. Collection firms are trying to find a better avenue to collect money to help municipalities.”

[ *** End Of Update *** ]

* Meanwhile, according to Stateline, we’re number two in red light cams

There are 543 communities in the United States that use red-light cameras. More than half of them are located in just four states. This list shows states with the highest number of communities using red-light cameras.

    California (84)
    Illinois (75)
    Florida (69)
    Texas (64)
    Maryland (33)
    Missouri (33)

Hat tip: Daily Herald.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


29 Comments
  1. - Small Town Liberal - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:22 pm:

    Ira isn’t exactly on pace to win prom king this year…


  2. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:24 pm:

    If Ira hasn’t talked to the city, what his interest?

    Ugh, municipalities are really getting ravenous about grabbing cars as a revenue stream.

    Lincoln Park Towing of old seem like kindly understanding sorts compared to today.


  3. - Skeeter - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:28 pm:

    Sure Ira, because what we want to do is to take away cars from people struggling to pay bills.

    And then we will wonder why they can’t get to a job to pay bills.

    Is there something in the water in Springfield? What in the world is going on? Why do we keep electing stupid people?


  4. - OneMan - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:33 pm:

    Where is my money Lebowski…

    Seriously, wonder who owed money to the city said something bad about him on a blog?

    Half surprised he hasen’t proposed letting Chicago cops run you for city debt/fines/fees and authorize them to take your cash if they find you.


  5. - hisgirlfriday - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:35 pm:

    After all the screwups that IDOT had with phony EZ pass violations and the revelations about all the crony capitalism that went into the city’s red light camera contract, this bill seems like yet another awful idea from Silverstein.


  6. - Former Downstater - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:36 pm:

    Damn, 24 hours. Isn’t the boot enough to get the fines paid?


  7. - Just Observing - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:37 pm:

    Local governments are all undermining the legal system to collect unpaid debt. Like private individuals and companies, local government has many options to collect debt including collections, liens, law suits, etc. But they want it easier for them than they are unwilling to give to the private sector to collect on unpaid debt. The real danger here is that it lacks due process… the city says you owe money… and if you disagree, before you can consider your legal options, the city seizes your car and sells it.


  8. - Teddy Salad - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:39 pm:

    Somebody please take away his box set of Game of Thrones.
    He seems to be getting confused about who serves who in the government serves public relationship.


  9. - Snucka - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:39 pm:

    Did I read that right? Silverstein himself SAID that he filed the bill on behalf of a friend with a collection agency? Wow.


  10. - Rufus - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:39 pm:

    “… introduced the bill at the request of a lobbyist friend whose clients include a law firm with a large collections practice.”

    Wow, How much money is that worth to his election fund?


  11. - OneMan - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:40 pm:

    Damn, 24 hours. Isn’t the boot enough to get the fines paid?

    City has got to get paid man, don’t have time to wait for folks to pay their debt


  12. - Raymond - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:41 pm:

    === introduced the bill at the request of a lobbyist friend whose clients include a law firm with a large collections practice. ===

    Which lobbyist and which law firm?

    Surprising that Hinz didn’t include those details in his story.


  13. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:43 pm:

    –Damn, 24 hours. Isn’t the boot enough to get the fines paid?–

    You might not have the money. You might have already paid it and there was some screwup.

    It took me a year fighting the tollway to clear up wrongful tickets for blowing tolls.

    The pictures even showed they weren’t my plates. Somebody keyed in the info wrong.


  14. - wizard - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 1:46 pm:

    good luck fighting the city when they wrongfully take your car.


  15. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 2:03 pm:

    Some great comments here.

    The lack of due process is just wrong. And in many cases, taking someone’s car is akin to throwing them out of work.

    Seriously, over parking tickets? Who’s the victim, again?


  16. - Chitownhv - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 2:10 pm:

    God forbid you get the boot at one of the airports the day you go on vacation.


  17. - OneMan - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 2:21 pm:

    Hey Ira just because a lobbyist-bro suggests something does not mean it should be a law…

    Just sayin…

    Almost wonder if between the Blog thing and this there is some sort of pool to see who can get Ira to propose the most wack idea..


  18. - Just The Way It Is One - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 2:40 pm:

    Of course a 24 hour-only period is unconscionable–even 30 days would be pushing it! How about a 30 day period to work out a repayment plan or propose amnesty for say, 25% of the fees owed, if paid no more than 6 months after the date of a Warning’s issuance or something? If the idea is to get people to pay up, these things can be reasonably tailored into a more amenable form so that the main objective is met! But the even close to the punitive measures put forward in the original proposal are notably extreme!


  19. - Emily Booth - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 2:57 pm:

    Senator Silverstein is harrassing the working people of Chicago.


  20. - Spliff - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 3:03 pm:

    Adam Braun former deputy legislative deirector under Gov. Quinn?

    Nice


  21. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 3:14 pm:

    –“This came to me from Adam Braun, a lobbyist representing some of the collection firms. Collection firms are trying to find a better avenue to collect money to help municipalities….”–

    And the collection agencies are doing that out of the goodness of their hearts.

    Way to fight the power, Ira.

    If you live in Oak Pa


  22. - OneMan - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 3:19 pm:

    “This came to me from Adam Braun, a lobbyist representing some of the collection firms. Collection firms are trying to find a better avenue to collect money to help municipalities.”

    Yeah this is all about helping municipalities, not those other entities (like law firms) that would profit from such a plan…

    Seriously, does he think at all before he proposes this stuff? Also does he think anyone buys the it’s about the municipalities thing?

    Who will think of Chicago if not Ira, who?


  23. - D P Gumby - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 3:38 pm:

    City of Chicago isn’t organized enough to let a person know about anything in 24 hours…even their mistakes take longer than that. This bill is a crock.


  24. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 3:40 pm:

    Ira Ira pants on Fira.


  25. - reformer - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 4:20 pm:

    The Land of Lincoln has the second highest number of towns using red-light camera among the 50 states. Must make Sen. Duffy’s grind his teeth.


  26. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 4:54 pm:

    I don’t think any municipality has the right to take away your property without due process.


  27. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 5:55 pm:

    Ira is making his buddy Jeff Schoenberg look more like FDR every day.
    To the Post, isn’t this general concept, regardless of the nominal courtesy waiting period, unconstitutional as heck?


  28. - Shemp - Tuesday, Feb 26, 13 @ 7:31 pm:

    It’s hard to believe this guy went to law school.


  29. - ChicagoR - Wednesday, Feb 27, 13 @ 6:39 am:

    “It’s hard to believe this guy went to law school.”

    That’s because he didn’t; he went to John Marshall. (I kid..I kid. Just a little inter-law school humor.)


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed until Monday
* TrackBill update
* Caption contest!
* It's worse than we thought
* Question of the day
* Long-term debt is not short-term debt
* Today's quotable
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Twitter Experiments With Engagement Stats Directly In Tweets
        * Wicked Lair: Tower Defense and Dungeon Building mash-up
        * We’ll Get Our First Look At Windows 10 Consumer Features In January
        * Insecurity blanket: iOS has antivirus makers feeling left out
        * Google breakup resolution passed by European Parliament
        * First Android One phone arrives in UK
        * LG shuffles executives, new head of mobile appointed

        * Windows 10 Consumer Features To Be Unveiled At An Event In January
        * New LG Tablet Will Challenge The Surface Pro
        * NVIDIA Shield LTE Receives Android 5.0 Update
        * Syrian Electronic Army hacks websites via Gigya’s login service
        * This 12,000 DPI Logitech Gaming Mouse Comes With a $50 Steam Gift Card
        * EU Lawmakers Urge Regulators to Break Up Google
        * The 50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

        * Catching up with Tadahito Iguchi
        * White Sox ACE program helps send players to college
        * Additional 2005 fan-favorite players added to '15 SoxFest
        * White Sox introduce Adam LaRoche and their plans for him
        * White Sox plan for contention a work in progress
        * White Sox officially announce LaRoche deal
        * Red Sox seize offseason driver's seat with signings

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Let's give thanks for aldermanic elections..
        * Lisa Madigan appeals ruling that KO'ed pension law..


        * Woman's body found near Whiteside county jail
        * VSU chief financial officer to leave for new job
        * Collinsville man guilty of murder in fatal wreck
        * 3 arrested in Chicago during Ferguson protest
        * Clemency for man wrongfully jailed for 1991 murder
        * Illinois doctor fined over medical marijuana slip
        * Archbishop praises Obama's action on immigration
        * Firefighters rescue 4 boa constrictors from fire
        * Illinois AG files notice of appeal in pension case
        * Holiday travelers greeted by cheap gas, storms

        * Illinois attorney general files notice of appeal in pension case
        * Quinn grants clemency to 126 ahead of holiday
        * Illinois gives $4.5M food banks for modernization
        * State begins accepting fracking applications
        * Debt rating agencies weigh in on state pension ruling
        * Lisa Madigan to ask Illinois Supreme Court to consider pensions
        * Rauner tackles transition agenda
        * Attorney general warns of immigration scams
        * State pension changes ruled unconstitutional; appeal to Illinois Supreme Court next
        * State to refund $60 million in retiree health care money

        * Most BP oil spill claims handled correctly, McGladrey says
        * Illinois AG Madigan files notice of appeal in pension case
        * Congressmen sound alarm over anti-Asian Carp move
        * Motorola Mobility loses bid to extend antitrust law reach
        * Chicago business activity is growing—but at a slower pace


        * Obama 2014 Thanksgiving menu: Turkey, Ham, six kinds of pies
        * Obama guidance, press schedule Nov 27-30, 2014 Thanksgiving break
        * Charity event looks like turkey tokenism
        * Decatur Classical parents want to expand into old Stewart building
        * Cupich: More must be done to ‘repair our broken immigration system’
        * Norman Schoer, viola player with Grant Park Orchestra and Lyric Opera, dies at 103
        * Charity event looks like turkey tokenism
        * Lisa Madigan appeals ruling that KOed pension law
        * Lisa Madigan appeals ruling that KO'd pension law
        * Chicago’s overnight parking ban begins Monday


        * Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off at Congress and State
        * Woman, 31, found shot dead in Gary alley
        * Crash-and-grab burglars hitting high-end stores in suburbs and Chicago
        * Ferguson protester in Chicago charged with felony
        * Flurries, cold expected for Thanksgiving
        * Crash-and-grab robbery in North Austin
        * Woman hospitalized after Blue Island crash
        * 3 Ferguson-related protesters arrested in Chicago
        * Oak Lawn insurer wants out of $3M award in cop shooting
        * Judge reassigned after failing to follow contempt rules, officials say


        * Let's Talk Kids - "Love Is Love"
        * LLCC Offers Variety Of Community Education Classes
        * Incoming U of I President Speaks To Springfield Audience
        * Another Year Of "Messiah" For Springfield Choral Society
        * Fumée Gypsy Project Plays At WUIS
        * New Exhibit On Lincoln's "Undying Words"
        * Locals Organize For Vigil In Response To Ferguson
        * Illinois Hunters Kill 52,000 Deer Over The Weekend
        * Pension Ruling "Credit Negative," But No Ratings Change
        * Tim Landis: Foreclosure Sales, CIPS Icehouse and Heritage River Trail


        * Our Opinion: Help combat hunger this holiday season
        * Eugene Robinson: On replacement, caution urged
        * George Will: Thanks, or something
        * Quote of the Day: Nov. 27, 2014
        * Illinois attorney general files notice of appeal in pension case
        * Quinn grants clemency to 126 ahead of holiday
        * Illinois gives $4.5M food banks for modernization
        * Michael Gerson: The big ‘but’ on immigration
        * Quote of the Day: Nov. 26, 2014
        * State begins accepting fracking applications


        * News in brief 11/27/14
        * YWCA Holiday Helpers program begins
        * Blue Sky Vineyard: A Tuscan hideaway in Southern Illinois
        * Illinois health officials offer turkey safety tip
        * Williamson County budget approved
        * Goodfellow Fund helps young, seniors to independence
        * Area history, Nov. 27, 2014
        * This day in history: Nov. 27, 2014
        * Edgar County hunters top results for first deer season
        * Main route to shopping includes prospect for crashes


        * Suspect arrested after Elk Grove Village robbery
        * Things Constable family (with 3 teen boys!) are grateful for
        * The new Black Friday: Shopping kickoff has evolved, expanded
        * Will helps Prospect repeat at York
        * Girls basketball scoreboard: Wednesday's results

        * Representatives Schakowsky, Gutierrez and ...
        * Gutiérrez warns of GOP 'fear campaign' aga...
        * Dem Rep. to Columnist: Stop Comparing Blac...
        * Opponents of deportation relief are scarin...
        * Rep. Gutierrez: Executive Action Questions...
        * Democrat Congressman Insists Obama Is Goin...
        * Democrat to GOP: 'Roll up your sleeves' an...
        * On Sunday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said...
        * Chicago immigration rally calls on lawmake...
        * November 23: Durbin, McCaul and Brooks The...

        * We Blew It On Obamacare, Top Democrat Admi......
        * Senate committee to hold civil rights hear......

        * Chicago Tribuen: Squeeze a stalling Iran t......
        * Obama headed for defeat on Iran sanctions...

        * #HappyThanksgiving from The Sixth Ward blog!
        * In Chicago the race is on. It’s easy as ABC.
        * Lisa Madigan files her appeal.
        * The Better Government Association continues to spread the lie about public employee pensions.
        * Happy Thanksgiving. “My idea,” says Rahm.
        * Chicago parents demand answers from Emanuel after sex ed lessons revealed
        * Happy Thanksgiving
        * We're Grateful To Live In Uptown, And For You
        * Will Thanksgiving meal someday come at shopping mall food court?
        * No TIF Funds Will Be Used If Stewart School Reopens As Decatur


        * Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Help Regional Food Banks Better Serve Those in Need - Governor’s Investment Will Ensure Lower Cost and Higher Efficiency for Services Reaching Nearly 2 Million Illinois Residents
        * Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Abner Mikva Receiving Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor
        * Department of Insurance Announces Multi-State Settlement with Symetra Life Insurance and Symetra National Life Insurance Company - Illinois will share part of a $1.2 million penalty against Symetra Life regarding Life Insurance policies
        * Avoid Foodborne Illness This Holiday Season




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller