Decline in citations hurts Chicago financially

City Hall warns that Chicago will 'witness a dramatic decrease in annual revenues' if ticket-writing drop-off continues

By Frank Main and Fran Spielman
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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