Texts warn of street cleaning in 3 Chicago wards

June 13, 2012 11:53:20 AM PDT
What if you could get a text message letting you know the city's street sweepers were closing in on your car?

Residents in three Chicago wards -- 1st, 32nd and 44th -- can now avoid those parking tickets by signing up for alerts through a system called TktTxt (TktTxt.com). Alderman Tom Tunney of the 44th Ward tweeted about the service on Wednesday. He wrote, "Avoid those pesky parking tickets by signing up for email/text alerts with TktTxt! TktTxt is a free service."

The service is free because, according to his staff, Tunney is paying for it. So are Ald. Joe Moreno (Ward 1) and Ald. Scott Waguespack (Ward 32)-- $180/month. But Moreno's director of communications made it clear his office is not using taxpayer money.

"Coming out of our political money, not taxpayer," said Matt Bailey, director of communications for Ald. Moreno.

Tunney's office did say the service is open to all aldermen- who want to pay for it.

TktTxt sends emails and text alerts to residents, who select where they live on a ward map, on the evening before and on the morning of the street cleaning, according to Tunney's website, www.44thward.org. In Tunney's 44th Ward, residents can also sign up for Cubs Night Games alerts.

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