Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



County may be driving scooters off the streets

Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Chicago Tribune

By Mickey Ciokajlo and Tom Rybarczyk, Tribune staff reporters. Tribune staff reporter Colleen Mastony and freelance reporter Sean D. Hamill contributed to this report

Some Cook County officials hope to clear up any ambiguity about whether motorized scooters are allowed on streets and sidewalks.

They want them banned.

While suburbs from Skokie to Oak Forest already prohibit motorized scooters on public property, commissioners are considering a countywide ban that would cover communities lacking a specific local law.

Some suburbs, such as Riverside, already interpret the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code as banning the use of motorized scooters--or mini-scooters--on streets because the secretary of state's office does not license them.

Chicago regulations ban the use of the scooters by riders younger than 16.

Bigger scooters, such as Vespas or Sprees, are registered with the state and have license plates.

Some of the smaller motorized scooters can go 35 m.p.h., but not all are equipped with a seat, and they generally cost $100 to $300, although more expensive models are available.

The County Board could vote as early as July 13 to ban the motorized scooters.The proposed ban was the subject of a public hearing last week and the topic of more debate Tuesday in the County Board's Roads and Bridges Committee. The committee is expected to take up the issue again next week and, if it approves the ban, the measure would go to the full County Board.

Whether such a ban would be enforced is another issue.

Hoffman Estates already has banned the devices from public ways, but that didn't stop Sean Foley, 15, and three of his friends from riding them Tuesday on Golf Road.

"When [the police] stop you, they say, `You can't ride that here,'" Foley said. "We just wait until they leave and get on them again."

In Evanston, which is also considering a ban, Marcus Brown, 12, said he loves his scooter. "It takes me where I want to go faster than a bike," he said.

However, if his scooter were banned from streets and sidewalks, he said, "I guess I'd just ride my bike instead."

Cook County Commissioner Carl Hansen, a Mt. Prospect Republican, is the sponsor of the proposal to ban the motorized scooters.

Hansen said the initiative was prompted in part by the death of Louis Limberopoulos, 14, who was hit and killed by a vehicle in 2002 while riding a motorized scooter in Mt. Prospect.

"Youngsters are always unhappy when they are told they can't do something even when it's for their own benefit," Hansen said of the proposed ban. "That's not a measure for this item."

The proposal calls for a six-month education period prior to enforcement. At the end of six months, tickets could be issued and violators could face fines of $200 to $1,000.

Though County Board President John Stroger favored deferring the issue Tuesday, he said he generally favors the proposal.

The ban appeared to have broad support Tuesday, but the backing was not unanimous.

Republican Commissioner Elizabeth Gorman said instead of outlawing the scooters, parents should take responsibility for their children.

"There's a risk in anything that moves," said Gorman, adding she could support an ordinance requiring helmets.

Gorman purchased motorized scooters for her three sons--ages 10, 9 and 5--last Christmas not knowing that Orland Park, where they live, considers them banned under state law. "I'm going to have to ship them to Michigan or to camp," Gorman said.

A spokesman for the Illinois secretary of state's office suggested it is still a good idea for local governments to pass their own ordinances.

"We'd gotten calls about young people riding them up and down the streets and sidewalks," said Skokie Police Sgt. Scott Anderson. The Village Board banned motorized scooters last year. "People were concerned about the person on the scooter and for the safety of the person walking on the street or sidewalk."

 

 



Recent Headlines

Home sales plummet in June in 12th straight down month
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

What Is The Best Time To Appeal A Cook County Property Tax Assessment?
Monday, July 22, 2019
CBS Chicago

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas on unclaimed property tax exemptions: ” Most seniors didn’t know that they could get it.”
Friday, July 19, 2019
WGN Chicago

Top Forest Preserve cop quits after burying ticket of county pol’s pal who asked ‘Do you know who I am?’
Friday, July 19, 2019
Chicago Tribune

EDITORIAL: ‘Do you know who I am?’ Not yet, but we sure know your type
Friday, July 19, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo says he got a friend’s parking ticket voided
Friday, July 19, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

The story behind those commercial assessment hikes everyone's mad about
Friday, July 19, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Chicago-Area Cooling Centers Offer Residents Chance to Beat the Heat
Thursday, July 18, 2019
NBC 5 Chicago

Editorial: ‘Do you know who I am?’ Not yet, but the people of Cook County deserve to find out.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Top Forest Preserve cop quits after burying ticket of county pol’s pal who asked ‘Do you know who I am?
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago’s top cop ‘must stop misleading the public’ about violence, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says in heated letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Chicago Tribune

‘Do you know who I am?’ Investigators say Cook County commissioner pressed cops to scrap ally’s $250 parking ticket
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Chicago Tribune

IG: Cook County needs revamp on sexual harassment outside of work following allegations against Preckwinkle ex-chief of staff
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Higher Assessments Hit North Suburban Commercial Property Owners
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Evanston Patch

How did an inmate get a loaded gun into Cook County Jail?
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Check exemptions, file an appeal: What you can do to fight your Cook County property tax bill
Thursday, July 11, 2019
WGN Chicago

’A lack of mental health services has plagued Chicago for decades’: Holy Cross Hospital expanding to fill that void on the Southwest Side
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Construction Begins on New Cook County Health Center
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Daily Herald

How To Appeal Your Cook County Property Tax Assessment
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
CBS Chicago

County Commission Hopes to Increase 2020 Census Participation
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
WTTW News

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP