WBEZ | tickets http://www.wbez.org/tags/tickets Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Getting the band back together http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-08/morning-shift-getting-band-back-together-108333 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/microphone-Flickr- ceratosaurrr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For this week&#39;s &quot;Music Thursday&quot;, Richard Steele and Sound Opinions&#39; Robin Linn play tunes from some of their favorite bands who reunited and brought the hits (and misses) back to the fans.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-39.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-39" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Getting the band back together" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 08:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-08/morning-shift-getting-band-back-together-108333 Redbox kiosks start rolling out tickets to live events http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/redbox-kiosks-start-rolling-out-tickets-live-events-102922 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/5009747869_5da9492927_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Redbox is hoping to turn its kiosks at grocery stores and fast food joints into mini ticket counters nationwide.</p><p>The company added tickets to live events and performances in Philadelphia to its kiosks&rsquo; inventories and online this week. Redbox Tickets is a pilot program, but the Oakbrook Terrace-based company said it could make its way to other cities nationwide.</p><p>Redbox President Anne Saunders said the tickets cost their face value (or less) plus a $1 service fee. She thinks they could bring new audiences to neighborhood venues.</p><p>&ldquo;This gives all of those venue operators and artists an opportunity to market to local customers in a way they didn&rsquo;t have before,&rdquo; Saunders said.</p><p>Redbox rented to nearly 59 million people every month during its second quarter, Saunders said.</p><p>The kiosks in Philadelphia are already dispensing tickets to Villanova football games and a Carrie Underwood concert &ndash; for a $1 fee. That&rsquo;s lower than dominant ticket sites like Ticketmaster, which holds contracts with venues across the country.</p><p>Jerry Mickelson is co-founder of Chicago-based concert promoter, Jam Productions. He said Jam, which rents concert venues, has no control over where tickets are sold because those venues have contracts with ticketing companies. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Ticketmaster has so many venues under contract,&rdquo; Mickelson said. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s what will determine what Redbox can do to compete.&rdquo;</p><p>But Redbox&rsquo;s Saunders said the company doesn&rsquo;t see those ticketing sites as competition.</p><p>She said they would &ldquo;love to work with Ticketmaster&rdquo; or anyone interested in selling through Redbox, as long as they agree to the $1 service fee.</p></p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/redbox-kiosks-start-rolling-out-tickets-live-events-102922 Speed cameras come to Chicago school zones, but do they work? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-07/speed-cameras-come-chicago-school-zones-do-they-work-96163 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-06/020712 Seg A1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago lead foots beware: Yesterday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed off on a plan that would allow the use of speed cameras in school zones and parks. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel says the move will protect children; critics argue the cameras are an excuse to bring in some much-needed revenue for the city.</p><p>WBEZ reporter Alex Keefe explained the details, and&nbsp;Kristen McQueary, who covers state politics for WBEZ and the Chicago News Cooperative, told <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>what the plan says about Gov. Quinn's legislative style. Thomas Goetz, executive editor of <em>Wired </em>magazine, compares the Chicago plan to systems that use dynamic speed displays instead of cameras.</p></p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 21:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-07/speed-cameras-come-chicago-school-zones-do-they-work-96163 Cook County may expand law that tickets low level marijuana offenders http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-may-expand-law-tickets-low-level-marijuana-offenders-91593 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-25/Marijuana_Getty_Uriel Sinai.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cook County commissioners are scheduled to vote Wednesday to expand a law that targets low-level marijuana offenders. But the sheriff's office says even if the new measure is passed, it might not be enforced.</p><p>Getting caught with 10 grams or less of marijuana in unincorporated Cook County technically means a $200 dollar ticket. If an ordinance passes today, that rule would extend to municipalities that don't have their own police force. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said more ticketing for pot possession means fewer arrests of non-violent offenders.</p><p>"We're clogging up our criminal justice system with low-level possession arrests for marijuana and it doesn't make sense to treat low level possession in this way," she said. "If we're worried about addiction we oughta be focused on treatment and not incarceration."</p><p>But Steve Patterson, a spokesman for the Cook County Sheriff's office, said that's unlikely.</p><p>"We have very few people in here on possession with a small amount of marijuana," Patterson said. "Without an underlying or additional charge, they probably wouldn't have come into the jail into the first place."</p><p>Patterson said the new ordinance won't cover many areas and he said different rules for different parts of the county make work difficult for officers.</p></p> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 12:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-may-expand-law-tickets-low-level-marijuana-offenders-91593 Illinois targets shoppers abusing accessible parking spots http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/illinois-targets-holiday-shoppers-abusing-accessible-parking <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Handicapped Parking Spot.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Searching and circling for a parking spot this holiday season? If you're among the legions of drivers and shoppers desparate to find a place to park, beware:&nbsp; Illinois is cracking down on people who illegally park in accessible parking spaces.</p> <div>Secretary of State Police were out on Friday giving tickets to holiday shoppers who shouldn&rsquo;t be parking in spaces reserved for those with disabilities.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The police were combing the parking lots across the state. Locally, officers were at Woodfield, Oak Brook and Orland Park malls.</div><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&quot;Primarily this is part of our annual enforcement detail that we conduct especially around the holiday season to get the message across to the public that spaces are reserved for persons with disabilities,&quot; said Bill Bodgan, disability liaison for the Illinois Secretary of State.&nbsp; &quot;They should be left open to those that truly need them.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But Bogdan says abuse escalates during the holiday season.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The fine for parking without an accessible placard or disability license can be up to $350.</div></p> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 17:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/local/illinois-targets-holiday-shoppers-abusing-accessible-parking Drivers share parking ticket horror stories http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/drivers-share-parking-ticket-horror-stories <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2010-October/2010-10-20/848_20101020d_large.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Boots are big this fall &ndash; especially on cars. According to new numbers parking tickets are fewer this year. But not boots &ndash; those numbers are up. And it&rsquo;s making motorists mad as hell. After receiving a few too many tickets of his own, The Parking Ticket Geek as he&rsquo;s known to his readers, started to fight back. At <a href="http://theexpiredmeter.com/" target="_blank">The Expired Meter.com</a>, the Parking Ticket Geek posts stories and strategies for fighting back against the ticket boot or parking man.</p></p> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 15:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/drivers-share-parking-ticket-horror-stories