Commentary: Chicago’s impound system punishes innocent car owners

The city seizes and impounds cars for two dozen offenses and then assesses penalties. The offenses include things such as littering and driving with a suspended license. The fines stretch up to $3,000, and the city charges a towing fee plus daily storage fees that add up to $1,000 a month. And it is a massive system: In 2017 alone, the city impounded more than 22,000 cars and imposed more than $28 million in fines and impound fees under this program.