I returned to O'Hare parking lot "G" ~4 hours after the ticket had been written.
The sticker was in my car. I took a picture before applying, and after, and sent these, along with a copy of the Ill. Sec. of State's current registration showing the plates had been renewed well before the 12/31/11 expiration date, to contest the ticket, along with a note explaining why the sticker hadn't been applied (plate was dirty, weather cold, sticker wouldn't stick).
I received a response back saying someone had reviewed the case and determined I was in violation (despite the clear evidence I was not) and must pay the fine of $50, or appear in civil court to contest it.
I know I'm not in violation, and am surprised they even say I am. Do I have a chance?
You are required to display the sticker, not merely purchase it. If it is worth it to you to take your chances and incur whatever loss in pay you might experience, then go ahead and appear in court and contest the ticket. Your chances, however, are not that great.
there is a space on your plate to display the sticker. The sticker is called a sticker because it's made to stick to the plate. It's not designed to be in the glovebox. Why would you not want to display it? Not displaying is just an invitation for a cop to stop you.
It costs to file a civil case. It is called an appearance fee. I feel confident that fee will be more than the ticket, so I would say you do not have a chance to win.
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