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Mayor Lightfoot’s Comprehensive Fines and Fees Reform

Mayor Lightfoot’s Comprehensive Fines and Fees Reform

One of Mayor Lightfoot’s top priorities upon taking office was taking on regressive fines and fees and reducing the reliance of the City’s budget on fees, which disproportionately impact low-income communities. This website displays the Lightfoot Administration’s key initiatives to give residents a “New Start,” and get back on the path to compliance and economic opportunity.

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Clear Path Relief Pilot Program (CPR)

Available to low-income and current UBR households.

  • Pay off recent vehicle debt to have older debt waived.
  • 50% reduction of new vehicle tickets.
  • No penalties on new vehicle tickets until after December 31, 2023.
Online Payment Plans for Tickets

Available to all motorists, including extended terms for hardship participants.

  • More time to pay vehicle tickets.
  • Save 22% on collection fees.
  • Remove boot online.

Get on one of our affordable payment plans today!

Suspended License, Booting, Ticketing and Towing Reforms

The Lightfoot Administration has implemented new reforms around driver’s license suspension, booting, ticketing and towing. Find out more here.

Utility Billing Relief Program

Do you need assistance with paying your water or sewer bill? Find out more about the new Utility Billing Relief program!

Fresh Start Debt Relief Program

For those who have entered Chapter 7 bankruptcy and need debt relief from City debt, the Fresh Start Program will be able to help you.

Vehicle Impoundment Program Reforms

The Lightfoot Administration has reduced fines and limited fees for impounded vehicles, decreased the number of situations in which a vehicle can be impounded, and added new defenses to help residents get their cars back. All changes will be made by September 24, 2020.