The new version, done in-house, sticks with the theme of honoring
The teen's sticker contained depictions of upraised hands some law enforcement experts said may have been designed to imitate the hand signs of a notorious Chicago gang. The replacement sticker features crests of the
Mendoza had been in office about nine months when she pulled the teen's design in February because of growing criticism that began on a web site popular with Chicago police. Then the runner-up decided she didn't want her design used. On Tuesday, Mendoza said she has not decided whether to permanently end the yearly contest for high school students.
"That's still in discussion," she said, while announcing Chicagoans will have more time to buy their stickers this year. "We're here to talk today about these really great initiatives that we're launching and that we put a lot of work into over the last, not even 12 months yet."
The back of the new sticker, which Chicago residents must display on their windshields by July 16 or risk a fine, will feature a "quick response code" that can be scanned with a smart phone, Mendoza said. The code will link users to a mobile web site with information about parking restrictions and a form to report potholes, she said. Chicagoans will also be able to register their dogs on the site.
Last year, Mendoza campaigned on the possibility of selling advertising space on the stickers, and she said her office will track how popular the "quick response code" is this year in part so she can present potential advertisers with data next year about how many times it was used.
Stickers will go on sale online next Monday, three weeks earlier than last year. In-person sales will begin May 1, a month earlier. And the clerk's office will expand the "will call" option where the stickers can be ordered online, then picked up in person.
While trying to focus on the new sticker features, however, Mendoza kept getting questions about the earlier controversy.
Mendoza said she presented the original winner with a $1,000 savings bond to match what he would have received for having his drawing used on stickers. The clerk said she has reached out to the boy and his family to talk with them further, but they have not responded.