The day to vote for Chicago’s next mayor is 29 days away. And while each mayoral hopeful has their own plan to tackle different issues ranging from crime to education, all 14 candidates agreed on one thing: the need to reform Chicago’s vehicle ticketing system.
Reporting from WBEZ and ProPublica Illinois over the past year uncovered problems within the city’s ticketing system that have led thousands of motorists into debt and even bankruptcy. In the months following the reporting, City Council took first steps toward ticketing reform, and created a task force to examine issues ranging from disparities in enforcement to punishments for people who don’t pay their tickets.
Now, it’s become an issue in the city’s race for mayor, with candidates drafting their own plans for reform.
Morning Shift checks in with WBEZ digital editor Elliott Ramos, and Propublica Illinois reporter Melissa Sanchez on what each candidate plans on helping motorists burdened with ticket debt.
LEARN MORE: Everybody In Chicago’s Mayor’s Race Says They Want Ticket Reform (WBEZ 1/24/19)