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Chicago City Hall Granted Illegal Limo Licenses

LCT Staff
Posted on July 5, 2006

CHICAGO — Owners of Timeless Image, a Chicago company licensed to operate a pair of "super-stretch" limousines - in violation of city ordinance - took their case to a City Council committee recently, prompting a sheepish admission from City Hall.

"Something very bad and wrong happened in 2003 to allow those licenses,” said Deputy Consumer Services Commissioner Rosemary Krimbel. “They were in violation of our rules at the time they were issued. We screwed up - or somebody screwed up.”

Krimbel said the city launched an internal investigation into how Timeless Image got around regulations requiring licensed limos to serve no more than eight passengers, not block traffic making wide turns, have an adequate number of exits, and undergo safety tests for brake and steering performance or fuel system safety. The oversight was discovered after Timeless Image came in to renew its license the next year.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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