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Posts from October 2014

This Young Couple Getting Booted Around

Of course, young people need to learn consequences from their actions, and I imagine that this young couple – if they come out of this crisis as a family unit or not – will learn to never callously disregard parking tickets again - especially in a revenue starved city like Chicago that relies more than ever on fines and fees to address budget shortfalls. Yet, here we see how the City’s attempt to balance its budget by imposing fees and fines rather than, say, a progressive tax severely hurts lower income folks, like these young people, in a far more substantial manner than middle income or wealthy people, who are less likely to mount such a huge debt based on parking violations, and, if they do, have access to the cash to pay off the balance. At least the financially more secure folks are more likely to be able to secure the funds to get the boot released. For them, the crisis will last a day or two, and then they can carry on and resume their life.
Posted by Mike G on October 21, 2014 |

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Mike has a long term relationship with Rogers Park, having lived here at various times in his life, most recently returning to the neighborhood in August, 2009. While living here as a third year law student, he remembers drunken nights at Biddy Mulligan’s and hosting a couple of memorable parties that he, hypocritically, now forbids his own tenants from having. Years later, after completing his stint as a lawyer, Mike started investing in apartment buildings in Rogers Park (and elsewhere), and soon after, did what many newly divorced real estate investors do: he moved into one of his buildings. In 1992 Mike was one of the founding members of the Rogers Park Builders Group, an organization that he eventually headed for six years, until yielding those reigns three years ago. Around a decade ago, on a whim, he reserved the web site “,” which he has been developing ever since, and which co-hosts RP BizArts networking events. Mike is the proud father of three wonderful children, Amy, Mitch and Ella.

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