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Chicago Residents Sue the City After Being Forced into Bankruptcy

Traffic ticket prices have skyrocketed in Chicago since Mayor Rahm Emmanuel agreed to spike citations from $120 to $200. Statements from the mayor say that the surge in traffic citation prices will bring $16 million much-needed dollars to the city of Chicago. However, the citations managed to only generate a few million dollars and forced thousands of already disadvantaged residents into filing for bankruptcy to cope with the debt. As a result, unpaid traffic citations have contributed to an explosion in Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings in Chicago. Collectively, drivers owe $275 million dollars in traffic tickets since 2012. In an effort to fight back, residents filed a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that the price of traffic citations exceeds the state cap of $250 per ticket.

What Does it Mean to File for Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is designed for individuals who are overwhelmed with debt and cannot find a way to pay. The right to file for bankruptcy is provided by federal law and is given to all persons. Filing bankruptcy immediately stops creditors from seeking to collect debts from you until your debt is settled as according to the law. For instance, filing for bankruptcy in Illinois can:

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