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Originally published Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 6:28 PM

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Chicago woman fighting $100,000 parking fine

Jennifer Fitzgerald filed a lawsuit last year against Chicago over the $105,000 worth of tickets that police piled up on her car.

The Associated Press

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Leave it to Chicago to not recognize an abandoned vehicle sitting there for three years. MORE
The fine should never accumulate greater than the the value of the vehicle and/or cost... MORE
It's ridiculous, both are in the wrong. She should be responsible for her property..... MORE


CHICAGO — A Chicago woman is trying to get out of paying a parking fine that has snowballed to more than $100,000.

WBBM Radio reported Jennifer Fitzgerald filed a lawsuit last year against the city over the $105,000 worth of tickets that police piled up on her car.

The car was left for nearly three years in a Chicago O’Hare International Airport parking lot. WBBM said a judge dismissed the lawsuit Wednesday and pressed the parties to try to reach a settlement.

Fitzgerald says she should not be held responsible because her former boyfriend abandoned the 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in an employee parking lot at the airport. She says the car is worth only about $600. The suit also names her former boyfriend.

The city told UPI it had offered to resolve the matter for $4,460, which would include $2,000 in parking tickets and penalties Fitzgerald had incurred with a different vehicle, but Fitzgerald refused.

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