Problem Solver: Updates on parking tickets, insurance refund, model dinosaur

Spring for Loreen Targos has meant the resumption of parking tickets for her motorcycle

After a sleepy winter during which motorcyclist Loreen Targos received no parking tickets, the Loop resident awoke March 13 to find a new violation envelope affixed to her motorcycle, allegedly for "parking or standing in violation of an erected sign."

It was her 52nd parking ticket since last summer, citations she has swatted away like flies.

She has challenged the first 51 tickets in administrative court — and had all 51 thrown out by administrative law judges.

The issue, which the Problem Solver has detailed several times, is that although Targos is parking legally in free spots along the 0-100 block of West Randolph Street, police officers continue to ticket her, insisting there is no free parking in the Loop.

The latest ticket means she will once again go to a nearby Office Depot to print out her form challenge letter and submit it to the court.

She's hoping the citation is not a sign of things to come.

"It seems as though my harassment may be starting up again with the warming weather," Targos said.

More ticket news

It was more than a year ago that Steven Yamasaki received a $50 ticket for an expired meter. Problem was, the spot at 531 W. Drummond Place was only supposed to be enforced until 6 p.m.

He received his ticket at 6:03 p.m.

When an administrative law judge incorrectly ruled against him, Yamasaki paid the $50 to avoid a larger fine. He then emailed What's Your Problem?

The Problem Solver inquired about his case, and the city agreed to vacate the ruling and refund the $50.

Yamasaki's story appeared in the May 1 column, and at the time, it seemed he would promptly receive his refund.

That didn't happen. Every month or so, Yamasaki sent a fresh letter to the city asking about the status of his $50 refund.

It finally arrived in late February.

The Problem Solver asked Yamasaki if the city paid interest on the money.

"Interest!?! You are setting the bar too high!" Yamasaki said in an email. "After accounting for all the monthly printing, copies and postage I'll probably net about half the $50."

Rapid refund

Things moved much more quickly for Gil Harris, the Naperville resident who had been stuck in red tape, waiting to get an insurance payout for his Dec. 7 visit to the podiatrist.

Harris, who was first featured in the Feb. 28 column, had asked DuPage Medical Group to submit his bill to Medicare, which he hoped would reject it. Only with that rejection could he then submit the bill to his supplemental insurer, Aetna, for payment.