Chicago Parking Ticket Resistance
I am not fighting for myself, I am fighting for everyone. For many Chicagoans, these tickets can be economically disastrous. Imagine the single parent living paycheck to paycheck, or the elderly person on a fixed income trying to pay these tickets? After three unpaid parking tickets, you can lose your car! Losing your car might mean losing your job or your independence. And fighting your ticket can be prohibitively expensive. You might have to take time off of work, or even pay Court filing costs that exceed the cost of the ticket itself. The entire system of parking enforcement is stacked against you, and you're guilty until proven innocent.
In July of 2016, I received a ticket for $60 for parking during street sweeping. As the City did not appropriately post no-parking signs in advance, I contested this ticket. As an attorney, I was able to represent myself throughout the proceedings. I was shocked to learn that the current state of the law allows the City to post temporary no parking signs with almost no notice! They can "legally" post a no parking sign at 10:00 a.m. and issue a ticket one minute later at 10:01 a.m.
I contested my ticket and lost because the Judge said the City had a right to issue notice on the "same day" as ticketing. I then filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago alleging that the City's parking enforcement statute is unconstitutional. Specifically I argued that the City's law as written was vague, and the practice of issuing tickets without appropriate advance notice violated "due process" rights. I lost. Having conducted nearly 100 hours of research, analysis, and writing on this topic, I am convinced the Court is wrong. Now I am appealing the Circuit Court's decision to the Court of Appeals!
Court cases are time consuming and expensive. Although I am a lawyer and have represented myself thus far, I have now enlisted the assistance of attorney Mark Weinberg, a highly acclaimed and accomplished constitutional lawyer. Mr. Weinberg will now see this case through the appeals process and beyond.
If Mr. Weinberg wins, there is a real possibility that the City will be forced to change how they provide notice, and issue tickets. This change will benefit everyone! It is an uphill battle for sure, but it is one worth fighting. And if we put our resources together as a community, we can collectively see that justice is done. I need help paying for the costs of this appeal. Please consider contributing $5 to cover my costs. Together we can make Chicago a better place for all! *
* please note - in the unlikely event that any funds remain at the end of the legal proceedings, I will donate them to charity. I will not personally profit from any donations. Track the progress of Todd Kooperman v. City of Chicago, et. al. 2016-M1-625851 at:
An interesting development has ... developed. The City has previously requested and been granted 4 extensions by the appellate court for their response brief. They recently asked for a fifth. I did not object to any of their requests as I did not lose any strategic advantage in being polite, and as a matter of professional courtesy. (I will say I have been practicing law for 13 years and I don't recall ever even asking for even one extension for a filing deadline. When the court sets a deadline, I meet it).
Well anyway, I did not object to the fifth extension, but the Court did. The court denied the request for the extension. Unfortunately for the city, they failed to meet the court's deadline. Whoops! At this point, it's not clear to me if the city's brief is even going to be read by the court as a consequence of their failure. That said, they have filed a motion seeking to have their late filed brief allowed.
If the court denies their request, then the consequence is that our appellate brief is the only pleading the court reads, and the city gets no written response! This certainly gives the Parking Ticket Resistance a strategic advantage.
I will continue to update everyone as things develop. As always, thank you for your support!
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What happens for us if the court rules in your favor?
I hope this is still going on. This EXACT same thing happened to me on December 23. I can't afford to continue paying ridiculous tickets like this.