Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article VI - Parking Rules

The fact that a vehi­cle which is ille­gal­ly parked or oper­at­ed is reg­is­tered in the name of a per­son shall be con­sid­ered pri­ma facie proof that such per­son was in con­trol of the vehi­cle at the time of such violation.

The Sheriff’s Depart­ment and all mem­bers there­of assigned to traf­fic duty are here­by autho­rized to remove and tow away, or have removed and towed away by com­mer­cial tow­ing ser­vice, any car, boat, trail­er, or oth­er vehi­cle ille­gal­ly parked in any place where such parked vehi­cle cre­ates or con­sti­tutes a traf­fic haz­ard, blocks the use of a fire hydrant or obstructs or may obstruct the move­ment of any emer­gency vehi­cle; or any vehi­cle which has been parked in any pub­lic street or oth­er pub­lic place for a peri­od of twen­­­ty-four (24) hours or more.

Vehi­cles towed away shall be stored on any Coun­ty prop­er­ty or in a pub­lic garage or park­ing lot and shall be restored to the own­er or oper­a­tor there­of after pay­ment of the expense incurred by the Coun­ty in remov­ing and stor­ing such vehicle(s).

(A) Des­ig­nat­ed Park­ing.  Cer­tain park­ing spaces with­in the con­fines of the Coun­ty shall be des­ig­nat­ed for use by hand­i­capped per­sons’ vehi­cles only and will be post­ed with appro­pri­ate signs to that effect.

(B) Use of Des­ig­nat­ed Hand­i­capped Park­ing. The use of des­ig­nat­ed hand­i­capped park­ing loca­tions, duly post­ed and signed shall to that effect, be open to any vehi­cle which bears the appro­pri­ate hand­i­capped Illi­nois Reg­is­tra­tion Plate issued by the Sec­re­tary of State for the State of Illi­nois, or a valid hand­i­capped park­ing per­mit issued by anoth­er gov­ern­men­tal agency or which bears a hand­i­capped card fur­nished in accor­dance with Illi­nois Com­piled Statutes, Chap­ter 625; Sec­tion 5/11–1301.1, et. seq. fur­nished by the County.

(C) Appli­ca­tion for Illi­nois Hand­i­capped Reg­is­tra­tion Plate.    The issuance of an Illi­nois Hand­i­capped Motor Vehi­cle Reg­is­tra­tion Plate shall be made with the Sec­re­tary of State of the State of Illi­nois at any facil­i­ty pro­vid­ed and approved for that pur­pose by the Sec­re­tary of State. (See 625 ILCS Sec. 5/11–1301.2)

(D) Penal­ty.  Any vehi­cle parked in vio­la­tion of this Arti­cle in a post­ed des­ig­nat­ed hand­i­capped space which does not bear an Illi­nois Hand­i­capped Reg­is­tra­tion Plate, or a valid hand­i­capped park­ing per­mit issued by anoth­er gov­ern­men­tal agency or a Coun­ty Hand­i­capped Reg­is­tra­tion Card will be tick­et­ed and the vehi­cle will be removed in accor­dance with depart­men­tal poli­cies and in accor­dance with Sec­tion 
5/11–1302, Chap­ter 625 of the Illi­nois Com­piled Statutes
.  The reg­is­tered own­er of the vehi­cle, as ascer­tained by the reg­is­tra­tion plates of the vehi­cle, will be pre­sumed to be in con­trol of the vehi­cle and will be fined One Hun­dred Dol­lars ($100.00) for vio­la­tion of this Arti­cle. The same reg­is­tered own­er will be held liable for the cost of removal of the vehi­cle and must pay that cost, plus stor­age charges, if any, pri­or to the release of the vehicle.

(E) Hand­i­capped Park­ing Areas.  Those places des­ig­nat­ed as “Hand­i­capped Park­ing Spaces” are list­ed in Sched­ule “H”.

(A) Except when nec­es­sary to avoid con­flict with oth­er traf­fic, or in com­pli­ance with law or the direc­tions of a police offi­cer, deputy sher­iff, or offi­cial traf­f­ic-con­trol devices, no per­son shall:

(1) Stop, Stand or Park a Vehicle:

  • On the road­way side of any vehi­cle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;
  • On a sidewalk;
  • With­in an intersection;
  • On a crosswalk;
  • Between a safe­ty zone and the adja­cent curb or with­in thir­ty (30) feet of points on the curb imme­di­ate­ly oppo­site the ends of a safe­ty zone, unless a dif­fer­ent length is indi­cat­ed by signs or markings;
  • Along­side or oppo­site any street exca­va­tion or obstruc­tion when stop­ping, stand­ing or park­ing would obstruct traffic;
  • Upon any bridge or oth­er ele­vat­ed struc­ture upon a high­way or with­in a high­way tunnel;
  • On any rail­road tracks;
  • At any place where offi­cial signs pro­hib­it stopping;
  • On any con­trolled-access highway;
  • In the area between road­ways of a divid­ed high­way, includ­ing crossovers;
  • In any alley that is open and maintained;

(2) Stand or Park a Vehi­cle (whether occu­pied or not, except momen­tar­i­ly to pick up or dis­charge passengers):

  • In front of a pub­lic or pri­vate driveway;
  • With­in fif­teen (15) feet of a fire hydrant;
  • With­in twen­ty (20) feet of a cross­walk at an intersection;
  • With­in thir­ty feet (30′) upon the approach to any flash­ing sig­nal, stop sign, yield sign or traf­f­ic-con­trol sig­nal locat­ed at the side of the roadway;
  • With­in twen­ty (20) feet of the dri­ve­way entrance to any fire sta­tion and on the side of a street oppo­site the entrance to any fire sta­tion with­in sev­en­­­ty-five (75) feet of such entrance (when prop­er­ly sign-posted);
  • At any place where offi­cial signs pro­hib­it stand­ing or parking;

(3) Park a Vehi­cle (whether occu­pied or not, except tem­porar­i­ly for the pur­pose of and while actu­al­ly engaged in load­ing or unload­ing prop­er­ty or passengers):

  • with­in fifty (50) feet of the near­est rail of a rail­road crossing;
  • at any place where offi­cial signs pro­hib­it parking;
  •  that is classed as a recre­ation­al vehi­cle on a pub­lic street, high­way, or road.

(B) No per­son shall move a vehi­cle not law­ful­ly under his con­trol into any such pro­hib­it­ed area or away from a curb such dis­tance as is unlaw­ful.  (See 625 ILCS 5/11–1303)

No per­son shall park a vehi­cle upon any street or road for the pur­pose of:

(A) dis­play­ing such vehi­cle for sale; or

(B) wash­ing, greas­ing or repair­ing such vehi­cle, except when emer­gency repairs are necessary.

It shall be unlaw­ful to park any vehi­cle for a peri­od of time in excess of the amount of time des­ig­nat­ed by law and so posted.