City Council Tightens Rules That Allow Chicago PD to Impound Cars

The Chicago Police Department can no longer impound cars that may have been used to commit a crime, as aldermen voted unanimously Wednesday to rein in the program in an effort to ease the debt burden imposed on low-income Chicago residents.

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 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.