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In Chicago, a Vicious Cycle of Tickets, Debt and Bankruptcy

You wouldn’t think that a parking ticket could lead you to bankruptcy, but in Chicago it happens all the time. Each year the city issues more than 3 million tickets for parking, vehicle compliance and automated traffic camera violations, for amounts ranging from $25 for broken headlights to $250 tickets for parking in a disabled spot. If you pay tickets in a timely manner, the matter ends, but what if you can’t afford to pay or forget to do so?  Ticket debt and penalties pile up, especially in the city’s low-income neighborhoods, where people have less money to pay tickets even...

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