THE LOOP — State regulators Wednesday asked a judge to suspend Lincoln Towing Service's license, claiming that the notorious firm frequently moved cars without authorization.
The Illinois Commerce Commission has investigated Lincoln Towing in 166 cases since July, according to the agency. The cases ranged from allegedly overcharging drivers and moving authorized cars to having improper invoicing and signs.
Lincoln Towing was found guilty of a violation in 28 of those cases, while 47 were closed and 92 are pending, the agency said.
The two-day hearing, set to conclude Thursday, could result in Administrative Law Judge Latrice Kirkland-Montaque recommending that the license of the company immortalized by songwriter Steve Goodman as the "Lincoln Park Pirates" in the 1970s be suspended.
During the hearing Wednesday morning, Allen Perl, representing Lincoln Towing, questioned why state officials were moving to yank the firm's towing license less than a year after the regulating agency renewed the firm’s ability to do business.
Kirkland-Montague will issue a tentative order after the hearing's conclusion. That recommendation will be considered by the five ICC commissioners who will decide whether to issue a formal order.
The firm is owned by Protective Parking Service Corp.