For the next 3 years, until it was towed in October last year, the automobile racked up fees for taking up a spot, all since Fitzgerald couldn't gain access to the employees-only parking. It also attracted tickets for improperly tinted windows, not having the proper city sticker, expired plates or registration, cracked or missing windows and broken lamps. If you know Chicago, you know that all of these are valid violations.
Since the City of Chicago is not heartless, the car owner and the city settled to pay a mere fraction, at $4,500. Although Fitzgerald is partially at fault for ignoring court appearances for the illegal parking, her ex-boyfriend has agreed to be responsible for the total charges.