Secretary of State Jesse White says he will be instructing his Safe Driver Advisory Council to consider ways to improve the disability parking program. The council, which was created by the General Assembly earlier this month, will meet for the first time in January.
White says the council should look at ways to strengthen penalties for those who abuse the program or use a deceased person’s disabled parking placard. He also wants tougher penalties for repeat offenders.
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Secretary of State Police have already begun a crackdown in Chicago and Joliet, checking parking placards at Soldier Field and The Chicagoland Motor Speedway. White says the crackdown is not related to a newspaper series highlighted the issue.
White is urging residents to report abuse by calling 217-785-0309.