THE LOOP — State regulators will again ask a judge to suspend Lincoln Towing Service's license at two days of hearings scheduled to start Friday, claiming 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 proceedings that began May 31 and June 1 — and were continued to Friday and Monday — could result in Administrative Law Judge Latrice Kirkland-Montaque recommending the license of the company immortalized by songwriter Steve Goodman as the "Lincoln Park Pirates" in the 1970s be suspended.
Allen Perl, the attorney representing Lincoln Towing, has 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 commissioners who will then decide whether to issue a formal order to stop Lincoln Towing from doing business.
The firm is owned by Protective Parking Service Corp.