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Record #: R2018-503   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 5/23/2018 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on License and Consumer Protection
Final action: 6/27/2018
Title: Call for Illinois Commerce Commission to address operating practices of Lincoln Towing
Sponsors: Emanuel, Rahm, Pawar, Ameya, Reboyras, Ariel
Attachments: 1. R2018-503.pdf
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OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
CITY OF CHICAGO
RAHM EMANUEL
MAYOR

May 23, 2018










TO THE HONORABLE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY 01- CHICAGO


Ladies and Gentlemen:

I transmit herewith, together with Aldermen Pawar and Reboyras, a resolution concerning Lincoln Towing Service.

Your favorable consideration ofthis resolution will be appreciated.

Mayor


Very truly yours,
RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, Lincoln Towing, located at 4601 West Armitage Street and 4882 North Clark Street, has operated as a towing relocation service in Chicago for over sixty years; and

WHEREAS, for many years Lincoln Towing has taken unfair advantage of countless Chicago motorists, conducting illegal tows and operating without appropriate permits, and damaging vehicles in the process; and

WHEREAS, in the last decade alone Lincoln Towing has been the subject of over seventy complaints to the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and has been referred to the Department of Administrative Hearings sixteen times; and

WHEREAS, state law primarily governs the operations of Lincoln Towing, and the City Council has also taken action where possible to'protect Chicago motorists; and

WHEREAS, on June 22, 2016, the City Council adopted the "Towing Bill of Rights" Ordinance, requiring towing companies like Lincoln Towing to provide transparency to the City of Chicago and motorists they affect; and

WHEREAS, under the Illinois Commercial Relocation of Trespassing Vehicles Law, primary oversight ¦ authority over Lincoln Towing is vested in the Illinois Commerce Commission; and

WHEREAS, on February 24, 2016 the Illinois Commerce Commission initiated a proceeding to investigate Lincoln Towing's fitness to hold an operating license; and

WHEREAS, on May 2, 2018 the Staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission, in their Post-Hearing Brief, recommended that the Commission find Lincoln Towing unfit to hold a Relocator's License in the State of Illinois, in effect closing down their business; and

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