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Hello, Today I was parked and a cop decided to give me a ticket for having window tints, although the limit in "Chicago" states 35%. My tints are 35% all around so how can I fight this ticket, since it is within it's legal limits? Violation code is 9-76-220.Thanks.
Hello,Thank you for the information and your question. I think there might be some confusion over what the Chicago Ordinance says and what "Illinois" law says. Illinois law allows for tinting of up to 35%. However, the Chicago ordinance says no tinting at all on certain windows. So, if you were ticketed in Chicago, then that ordinance controls and you would not have a legal basis for a defense. You can see a court case that discusses this specific issue in terms of the legality of the ordinance in light of State law by going to: http://www.state.il.us/court/R23_Orders/AppellateCourt/2012/1stDistrict/1111284_R23.pdfThe language of the ordinance is contained in that court ruling. Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to try to assist you further if I can.
Okay, so do you know what windows cannot have window tinting?
Chicago cannot enforce violations coded 09-76-220(b) as it pertains to equipment, of which Chicago does not have Home Rule jurisdiction. IL motor vehicle code allows certain combinations of tint including front tint and cannot be overriden by home rule in accordance to the IL Municipal Code (65 ILCS 5/1-2.1-2).
Is this valid? If true, and I can prove I am within my legal limits, I should be okay, right?
Also, that link you provided is not working.