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Sticker shock: City won't sell to Mickey Mouse anymore

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SUSANA_MENDOZA.jpgCity Clerk Susan A. Mendoza holds copy of the new city vehicle sticker design during a meeting with the Sun-Times Editorial Board Tuesday. | John H. White~Sun-Times

Under the new plan for selling Chicago vehicle stickers scheduled to go the City Council next week, it won't be as simple to buy a sticker as it used to be.

The new stickers will be tied to the Illinois Secretary of State's vehicle registration data, which means a city resident won't be able to buy a sticker anymore without the correct renewal form or proper identification.

"In the past, Mickey Mouse could literally buy a city sticker, and we would sell the sticker to the individual," City Clerk Susana Mendoza said Tuesday. "It wasn't tied to the vehicle. ... So if your name was not on the registration, it didn't matter. If you were buying [a sticker] for your wife, you could buy it under your name."

But the days are over of "people walking in off the street and buying a sticker under anybody's name," Mendoza said.

The proposed new system will cut overtime costs in the city clerk's office, Mendoza said.

The city sells about 1.3 million stickers a year and estimates up to about 400,000 vehicles not been registered. The city has been selling the stickers since 1908, the last year the Cubs won a World Series.

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