Update: A resident contacted the alderman's office and has already gotten a response. The alderman's staff said there were instances they neglected to ask for proof of residency when selling daily permit parking passes, and that they will do so in the future. Readers, let us know if the situation improves!
We're hearing from readers who live around Truman College that their permit-only parking has become difficult since work began on the TIF-funded parking structure:"We have had a major issue finding parking each night because of the Truman students parking on our street, plus the workers for the nursing home. We worked with Alderman Shiller's office to make the street residential only 24 hours a day...
This passed about 8-10 months ago, but we then started to find that the exact same students now all had parking permits (daily), as did all the workers for the nursing home.
This morning a nice guy in a beater (clearly parks by Braille, bumping all the cars to get a 10' car into a 10' parking spot) parked in front of our house, hitting our car a few times in the process.
I politely asked him if he lived on the street, knowing he does not, and asked where he got the parking permits... He replied "the alderman's office".
They need to start checking ID's before selling these books of permits which I believe is the law for distributing those. Her office knows these students do not live on our block and yet they continue to sell without ID. We wrote Alderman Shiller's office with no reply."Let's see if we've got this right ... Uptown residents are paying into the TIF to fund a parking structure for Park-N-Ride commuters and out-of-area Truman students.
They're also paying the city for permits to be able to park in front of their homes. But they can't find parking on their block because the alderman's office is handing out permits to non-residents like Halloween candy.
All this is happening about a hundred yards from an el stop and several bus routes that the out-of-area students could use to commute to school.
And the person who's stirring the pot and being paid to represent Uptown's residents - the ones who are actually paying for all this, as well as for "representation" - won't answer or even acknowledge residents' concerns about the situation.
Yeah, that sounds about right.