Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced that the City of Chicago will be temporarily suspending debt collection practices and non-safety related citations and impounds, as well as penalties for late payment. This penalty relief package directs a temporary suspension of late fees and defaults on payment plans, including city tickets, utility bills, parking and red-light citations, booting and other non-public safety relates violations. Additionally, there will be no new interest accumulated on current compliance plans. These measures represent the first steps of the administration's efforts to help reduce the financial impact of COVID-19 on city residents and take effect immediately today through April 30, 2020. As the City works to plan for and respond to the impact of COVID-19 on all communities, the Mayor will soon announce additional economic relief measures to relieve the burden the outbreak has placed on businesses, as well as individuals, to help stabilize the health of our local economy.
Today’s hold harmless announcement also includes the temporary suspension of payment plan defaults and non-safety impounds and an extended deadline for city debt checks on transportation network provider and taxi drivers. Other financial relief efforts include:
Enforcement will be prioritized for safety-related violations. Enforcement on compliance-related violations will be suspended until April 30, 2020
Parking, Red Light, Speed Camera Violation Collections
Delay assessment of penalty (ticket doubling) until after April 30, 2020. Delay driver’s license suspension until after April 30, 2020. No Booting until after April 30, 2020. Delay referral of tickets to collection firms until after April 30, 2020. No defaults of payment plans for until after April 30, 2020
Extend due dates until after April 30, 2020 delaying assessment of penalties. Delay referrals to collection firms until after April 30, 2020. No defaults of payment plans until after April 30, 2020
Administrative Hearing Collections
Extend due dates until after April 30, 2020 (this will delay assessment of interest). Delay referrals to collection firms until after April 30, 2020. No defaults of payment plans until after April 30, 2020
Other Collection Efforts
Extend deadline for TNP and taxi drivers to pay debt to April 30. No debt holds on new licenses or permits. Law firms and collection agencies will cease collection efforts.