Towing And Selling Cars Barely Makes Chicago Any Money

Chicago Sacramento Boulevard
An aerial view of Chicago's West Side impound lot on Sacramento Boulevard. Bradley French / for WBEZ
Chicago Sacramento Boulevard
An aerial view of Chicago's West Side impound lot on Sacramento Boulevard. Bradley French / for WBEZ

Towing And Selling Cars Barely Makes Chicago Any Money

In 2017, Chicago towed nearly 94,000 cars. Of those, about one in four was sold. But a private company handles the towing, and the city barely makes money from the sales.

Which Chicagoans, and which neighborhoods, are predominantly affected by the city’s towings and sales?

WBEZ digital editor Elliott Ramos dug into the data for all Chicago’s towings in 2017. He joins the Morning Shift to tell us more.

GUEST: Elliott Ramos, digital editor, WBEZ

LEARN MORE: Chicago’s Towing Program Is Broken (WBEZ 4/5/19)