With just 15 minutes remaining before the 5 p.m. deadline for purchasing Forest Park vehicle stickers on Monday, about 30 procrastinators stood in line inside village hall to snag one or more of the $25 stickers by the April 1 deadline.

Last year, the village issued citations to 411 sticker scofflaws in a series of early morning traffic stops after a 10-day grace period, Police Chief Jim Ryan said last April. The village generated $36,975 in revenues from vehicle scofflaws last April, according to an April 2012 report by Forest Park police.

The $30 local ordinance tickets cost more than the stickers, Ryan pointed out.

Last January the village purchased computerized driving records from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office to cross-check all vehicles registered to Forest Park residents for vehicle sticker compliance, so police know who’s not buying stickers.

Any vehicle housed in Forest Park must display the village tags, even if it is owned by a resident of another municipality.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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