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ICC shuts down “Lincoln Park Pirates”

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018

* Tribune

The Illinois Commerce Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to revoke Lincoln Towing Service’s state license, effective immediately.

The decision comes about two months after an administrative law judge recommended that the North Side firm keep its license despite hundreds of alleged violations.

ICC Chairman Brien Sheahan issued the commission’s order overturning the judge’s decision, citing a preponderance of evidence showing Lincoln Towing “has not conducted its business with honesty and integrity” and was unworthy to hold a commercial vehicle relocators license.

Lincoln was ordered “to immediately cease and desist from operating a relocation towing business in the state of Illinois,” Sheahan said during a regular commission meeting in Chicago.

* From the ICC order

During the relevant time period of July 24, 2015 through March 23, 2016, Respondent has towed without proper authorization over eight-hundred (800) times;

The evidence shows that Lincoln has no regard for Commission Rules

Headline explained here. This has been a long time coming.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments
  1. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 3:07 pm:

    The life of a repo man is always intense.


  2. - Jimk849 - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 3:12 pm:

    About time.


  3. - Albany Park Patriot - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 3:13 pm:

    Finally, something I bet most everyone can agree on.


  4. - Loop Lady - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 3:15 pm:

    Whoa…parking violators are rejoicing…Steve Goodman not so much…


  5. - Don Gerard - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 3:30 pm:

    Cubs win the World Series and now this…somewhere Steve Goodman is giggling.


  6. - 44th - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 3:34 pm:

    Wow, I thought the fix was in, justice prevails for once.


  7. - illini - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 3:50 pm:

    I had completely forgotten about the Steve Goodman lyrics. I still listen to his CDs when in the mood.

    Thanks for the reminder.


  8. - Hieronymus - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 4:03 pm:

    Aahhh … and I just finished the self-starter book, “Private Policing for Fun and Profit”.


  9. - Dead Head - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 4:04 pm:

    Long overdue.


  10. - Sox Fan - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 4:31 pm:

    ===Wow, I thought the fix was in, justice prevails for once.===

    Judge Latice Kirkland-Montaque needs to be investigated next.


  11. - DuPage - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 4:31 pm:

    They have been notorious for several decades. They are not the only abusive towing company, but they were among the worst. The feds should look at their books, the “cash only” policy makes it easy to evade taxes.


  12. - Chicago 20 - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 4:49 pm:

    I’m wondering how soon Lincoln Towing changes their name and gets a new license.


  13. - mark - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 5:02 pm:

    About time. I remember living in an apartment by Wrigley field and standing on the back porch with my roommate watching them tow his car from the spot he paid for…no it wasn’t Steve Goodman


  14. - Huh? - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 5:19 pm:

    This isn’t done. They will appeal and the case will drag on in the courts for years.


  15. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Sep 12, 18 @ 7:22 pm:

    I would like to hear more about the ALJ that gave them a pass.


  16. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Sep 13, 18 @ 8:54 am:

    They’re not called pirates because of any eyewear. They act like pirates and need to walk the plank in shark infested waters to meet their fiendish friends at Davey Jones’ locker.


  17. - NorthsideNoMore - Thursday, Sep 13, 18 @ 11:55 am:

    CHICAGO 20 Inks probably drying on the new licenses


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