Chicago officials say they will not crack down on "dibs," the tradition of cordoning off shoveled-out parking spaces -- at least for now."
And more good news for blizzard weary residents: There'll be no enforcement today of parking meters.
In giving a green light to dibsters, Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Thomas Byrne praised those who dig out parking spaces.
"At this moment, that's a thing they're doing and they're trying to save what they dug out and we're not going to take a position on that," Byrne said during a late-morning update on blizzard recovery operations.
In other storm updates:
-- Police Superintendent Jody Weis said there was a shooting last night in which someone tried to steal someone else's snow blower.
-- Byrne said the "majority" of side streets are now open, having had at least one pass-through by plowing equipment. He welcomed help from residents in digging out their blocks.
"We've been through the side streets since midnight, yesterday morning, and we are continuing to go through those," Byrne said. "Some are in better shape than others. We're going in to some streets with some other equipment to help us open some that are not. I would say the majority of them are open as we speak."
-- Equipment such as plows and front-end loaders are sometimes moved from one ward to another if crews encounter a particularly snowbound area. Byrne said he makes the decision from the city's 911 center on moving equipment after talking to workers in the field.
Politics is not involved in the decision on where to send equipment, city 911 center spokesman Roderick Drew said.
-- Garbage trucks are trying to force their way down alleys today, Byrne said, digging paths that cars will hopefully be able to follow to get to garages. He would not estimate when the alleys will all be clear.
"I don't have an answer for that, because we're still working to try to get streets open," Byrne said. "We need to get the streets open, we get the public ways going, and then we'll look at the alleys, which we're doing. We're meeting constantly about the alleys. We're getting a lot of inquiries about alleys and we'll do our best to track those alleys and get them so we can get the garbage trucks in and get the garbage picked up."
-- The city will continue to not issue tickets today to people who park at parking meters without paying, 911 center director Jose Santiago said.
-- There are still 135 cars that were towed from Lake Shore Drive sitting unclaimed at several lots near the drive, Santiago said. The lots will remain open until all the cars are claimed, he said.