Officials to police parking in disability spaces

CHICAGO – Illinois officials say they're cracking down on people who illegally park in disability parking spaces at shopping malls.

Secretary of State Jesse White says the statewide enforcement begins Friday, the kickoff to the holiday shopping season.

Authorities will be enforcing the rules at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago and malls in Carbondale, Champaign, Peoria, Fairview heights, Rockford and Springfield.

White says the mission isn't to give tickets to but ensure parking spaces are available to those who need them.

State authorities issued nearly 200 citations last year during the crackdown.

The fine of illegally using a placard or disability license plates is up to $500.

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