Litterbugs who launch trash from car windows in Chicago may soon will have a hefty price to pay.
Chicago Aldermen voted last week to increase fines to as much as $1,500 and empower police to impound vehicles for what one council member called "a scourge in many of our communities."
"Some may think these penalties overly punitive, but these are choices people are making," said Alderman Jason Ervin (below right), 28th Ward.
Sponsoring Alderman Howard Brookins (above left), 21st Ward, has said the condition of the garbage-strewn streets in parts of his South Side ward have been a deterrent to business investment in neighborhoods that badly need jobs.
The ordinance increases the maximum fine for anyone age 16 or older throwing debris from a car to $1,500 from $200 and the minimum fine goes up to $200 from $50.
Most people in South Chicago will need to save up unemployment and welfare checks for nearly a full week to pay the fines.
And they won’t be impounding many Escalades in South Chicago - unless the littering drivers are fellow Aldermen or Community Organizers.