By Frank Main and Fran Spielman
CHICAGO — A City Hall memo obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times warns police officials that the city will "witness a dramatic decrease in annual revenues and not meet 2010 targets" if a slump in writing parking and vehicle-compliance tickets continues until the end of the year.
The Aug. 10 memo, which doesn't explicitly ask police to boost tickets, tells district commanders and other supervisors that police ticket-writing dropped nearly 25 percent in July compared to the same month in 2009. It lists the five districts with the least and most tickets.
Decline in citations hurts Chicago financially