TheNewspaper.com: Driving Politics
Home >Police Enforcement > Seizure/Confiscation > Illinois: Cook County Car Seizures to Net $1.7 Million 
Print It Email It Tweet It

8/8/2007
Illinois: Cook County Car Seizures to Net $1.7 Million
Seizing cars from motorists merely accused of crimes will net Cook County, Illinois $1.7 million a year.

Seized car
Revenue from automobile seizures is expected to generate $1.7 million for Cook County, Illinois. Statewide, cities have bent the law, seized cars for offenses unrelated to driving and conducted illegal confiscation operations for the sake of maintaining a steady cash flow. Now, in addition to the $25 million a year that Chicago expects to earn, Cook County has raised $700,000 in just five months by charging motorists $500 each time a car is seized.

The fee applies to anyone merely accused of soliciting a prostitute -- a practice that the California Supreme Court struck down as unlawful last month. It also applies to those accused, but not convicted, of drunk driving. Police also set up roadblocks to impound the vehicle of anyone whose papers are not in order.

"The ordinance will bring more than $1 million in much needed new revenue to the county treasury," Sheriff Tom Dart said.

In Kane County, the village of Sugar Grove passed an ordinance authorizing the auctioning of six confiscated vehicles. The village may put the 1991 Chevy S-10 truck, 1994 Toyota Corolla, 1995 Dodge Neon, 1994 Ford Explorer, 1995 Honda Civic and 1995 Chevy pickup for sale on a website. The village will spend the proceeds.

"The drivers didn't necessarily own the vehicles," Police Chief Brad Sauer explained, as reported in the Kane County Daily Herald.

Source: New vehicle-impound rule a moneymaker, Dart says (Chicago Tribune, 8/8/2007)



Permanent Link for this item
Return to Front Page


Related News
Facebook Traffic Stop Complaint Triggers Kentucky Cops

Illinois: Federal Court Rules Bankruptcy Requires Return Of Seized Cars

Utah Supreme Court Sides With Motorist Who Had Cash Seized

Federal Judge Declares New Mexico Car Seizure Program Illegal

Oregon Court Rejects Car Seizure Over Insurance Card




View Main Topics:

Get Email Updates
Subscribe with Google
Subscribe via RSS or E-Mail

Back To Front Page


Front Page | Get Updates | Site Map | News Archive | Search | RSS Feed
TheNewspaper.com: Driving politics
TheNewspaper.com