Mayor Emanuel wants to boost boot fee

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CHICAGO — The cost of getting a boot off your car in Chicago could go way up.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to raise the fine by 66 percent, making it $100 under his budget proposal.

The city boots about 55,000 cars each year, mostly for unpaid parking tickets.

The mayor is also looking for a company to operate a self-release boot program.

Car owners would use credit cards to remove the boot immediately, then return the device later.