* 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.
*** 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…
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“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.”
* 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.
Hat tip: Daily Herald.