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I assume you talking about City of Chicago? I like to refer to it as the State of Cook...
Anyway, every city, village, town etc may do what is called "home town". Under hometown the city may make ALL tickets (except registration and DL violations) a "city" ticket. The city then receives the majority of the income from the ticket generated. Most if not all revenue goes into a city fund and not a PD fund. Tickets involving Reg/DL violations must be written on a STATE ticket. Reg/DL violations do NOT apply to private property. for example, I have a revoked DL. I am driving on my land. Can I be ticketed? No, I can not. However, could an officer write the ticket anyway? YES. Why? Because if you don't contest it then it's a valid ticket.
Was the "stop" by the officer illegal? yes. do you think if I filed a law suit I'd win? Yes. do you think I'd get lots of money? NOOOO!! It would likely cost me more. So, where's this going? Most people simply pay due to ignorance (not knowing)of the law. Therfore, contact the circuit clerk and request where you can get a copy of the law you violated. Look on the ticket, there should be an ILCS or City code on it. Get the law on said code. Read it. If you violated it then you're screwed. If not, then contest it. Either way, it's not a moving violation. If you just pay it it goes away.
MIND YOU, the city may have their OWN (remember the Hometown thing) code about plate covers since TECHNICALLY its not a registration violation, rather an equipment violation. I don't recall what the state's limitations are in relation to plate covers.
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Last edited by GunshowNick; 08-06-2009 at 11:47 PM.