“I think that’s just such low hanging fruit, that’s common sense. With technology, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be feeding into each other’s data bases,” Mendoza said at a
Mendoza, a former state legislator who was sworn in May 16, has criticized Mayor
Emanuel wants to reclassify more vehicles in the heavier weight category, arguing they cause more damage to city streets. The move could cost owners $60 more for a sticker next year. Mendoza prefers raising the fine for failing to purchase a sticker to $200 from $120.
"We are stepping up our enforcement very, very heavily," she said. "Before I'm ready to ask any law abiding citizen in the city of Chicago, or anywhere else for that matter, to pay more, we should be going after those individuals who have made an active choice not to pay."
Mendoza said accessing the state's vehicle database would involve more than just trying to round up vehicle owners who don't pay the city wheel tax. She said the information also could allow her office to contact new city residents and inform them of vehicle registration and parking rules as a "welcome kit of sorts," rather than having them learn of the city's sticker rules by getting a ticket.