New to Chicago: Interactive Vehicle Stickers and Automated Speed Cameras

The new, new, new Chicago vehicle sticker has been unveiled.
The first two ‘new’ stickers were taken down by a sad controversy, which you can read about at Chicago Real Estate Forum.

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The 2012-13 Chicago Vehicle Sticker

The plus side to the situation: The newly designed 2012 – 2013 City Vehicle Sticker, which honors Chicago’s police, fire and paramedic personnel, is interactive.
On the back of the sticker you’ll find quick response code technology — a QR code— which will allow motorists to access a variety of services by scanning the code with a smartphone.
The code leads to a new mobile landing page where Chicago residents can:
*Look up street cleaning schedules
*Determine if they are in a residential parking zone
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The new QR code

*Buy daily residential guest parking permits
*Report a pothole
*Find a parking spot
*Pay a parking ticket
*Register their dog
*Find their Alderman’s contact information
*Contact the City Clerk’s Office
The page will be updated with seasonal information, like festival street closings and snow removal parking bans.
As a security feature, the new sticker also lists the vehicle’s make and model.
How to get a sticker has been updated, as well. Online sales at begin April 23, three weeks earlier than last year, and walk-in sales start May 1, a month earlier than last year.
Renewal forms will be mailed to residents at the end of April, giving motorists an additional month to send their mail orders.
Choose the online purchasing option, by the way, and you’ll be able to enter to win prizes like restaurant gift certificates and sports memorabilia.
No matter how you buy it, the sticker cost for cars in Chicago is $85; $135 for larger vehicles; $30 for senior citizens. Annual Residential Zone Parking is $25 and Daily Residential Parking Permits are $8 for 15 permits.

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On another Chicago transportation note, the City Council on Wednesday approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to place about 300 automated speed cameras within an eighth of a mile of city parks and schools.
The cameras will be on from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in school zones and from approximately 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. around parks. Get caught by a camera, face a fine of $35 for going six to 10 miles per hour over the posted limit or $100 for speeding 11 MPH or more.
Some Chicago residents and alderman are outraged by this new development, yet there’s a simple way to steer around it: Don’t speed.