Beat the Boot: Morton Grove reinstates boot program following rise in unpaid parking tickets

Car wheel blocked by wheel lock because illegal parking violation

MORTON GROVE, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A northern suburb is cracking down on unpaid parking tickets.

The Morton Grove Police Department is urging its residents to "Beat the Boot." The village reinstated its vehicle boot program after recent unpaid parking tickets totaled more than $99,000.

Roughly 70 residents with five or more unpaid parking tickets received a letter explaining they now have 14 days to pay in order to avoid having a boot put on their vehicle.

Morton Grove Police Sergeant Dennis Johnson told WBBM Newsradio one resident has 30 unpaid parking tickets totaling more than $10,000 in fines.

Another resident has 37 unpaid tickets totaling $2,500.

Those who fail to pay within the two week window can have a boot placed on any vehicle they own, not just the one that has the unpaid tickets.

Unpaid fines may also affect people’s ability to sell their property, as the village will not issue a transfer stamp for a property with outstanding fines.