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What Could Chicago Buy with Delinquent Traffic Ticket Fines?

Scofflaws owe more than $1.5 billion in fines from unpaid parking and traffic tickets, according to the results of a FOIA request filed by DNAinfo Chicago. Here’s what the city could buy if it collected the cash.

Chicago-style hot dog

545.5 million

Chicago-style hot dogs
Photo: Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune

 

Pencil

5,117

years’ worth of supplies for Chicago public schools
Photo: istockphoto

 

Construction horse

2,497

miles of resurfaced street

 

Grass

27

Maggie Daley Parks

 

El train

3.5

reconstructions of CTA rail lines
Photo: Courtesy of CTA

 

Willis Tower

1

Willis Tower, with a 590,000-square-foot addition
Photo: Courtesy of Willis Tower

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