Chicago Aldermen Endorse Effort Tighten Rules That Allow CPD to Impound Cars

Aldermen endorsed a measure Friday that would scale back the power of the Chicago Police Department to impound cars that may have been used to commit a crime, as city lawyers recommended officials settle a lawsuit claiming the program is unconstitutional.

The measure also rolls back a doubling in fees imposed by former Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2011 and allows owners to get their vehicles back more quickly if their car was impounded in connection with a crime that they did not commit.

It also caps storage fees, and allows Chicagoans to pay off any fines or fees as part of an installment agreement.