Littering in Chicago could come with hefty fine

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If you litter in Chicago, you could get slapped with a whopping fine and watch your car get impounded.

21st Ward Alderman Howard Brookins pitched a proposal Wednesday that would raise the fine to $1,500. The bill also calls for impounding a violator’s vehicle if the offender is at least 16 years-old.

Brookins says he’s tired of seeing his ward look like a trash can.

“I was sitting behind a car who rolled down the window and threw out a whole bunch of trash at 95th and Halsted. It really made me angry. I wanted to go pick up the trash and throw it back in their car,” said Brookins.

Currently, the fines are between $50 and $200 if you’re caught littering.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this report.

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  • MoreTimeWasting

    What would be the point of raising the fine if the existing fines are not being carried out? Same as a statewide cell phone ban while driving. Same as others.

  • Enrique

    This is just another way to fleece the law-abiding citizen, because the lawbreakers will not pay the fines. The government can’t pay the bills, so they find ways to squeeze the taxpayer.

    • Zack

      Josh how about you earn your money by picking up trash on the streets hey at least that way you can tell your friends you work for the city like you have always wanted to