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Littering in Chicago could cost you $1,500 -- and your car

Adults who toss litter out the window of vehicles in Chicago would face fines of $1,500 and the impoundment of their cars, SUVs or trucks under a proposal being introduced at today’s City Council meeting.

“I’ve been behind one too many cars where they are throwing trash — chicken bones, paper, McDonald’s bags, you name it,” said Ald. Howard Brookins, 21st, the sponsor of the measure.

“It is a big deal in our community, with respect to people who throw trash and debris and litter on the street,” added Brookins, whose ward is on the South Side. “We have put out garbage cans, to no avail. We need to do something to get their attention, and if we take their cars, we think that will get their attention.”

The proposal, which will be referred to a committee for a hearing, would hike the fines for anyone throwing trash out a vehicle window, moving or stationary, to $1,500 from a current range of $50 to $200.

If the person who threw out the trash were 16 or older, the cars from which the trash was ejected would be impounded. Recovering impounded vehicles requires the payment of hefty towing and recovery fees.

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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