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Overnight parking ban began Sunday, 200-plus cars towed

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Chicago's winter ban on overnight parking returned Sunday and drivers across the city were waking up to find their cars towed. In all, 239 vehicles had been hauled away on the first day, the Sun-Times is reporting.

The ban, meant to make it easier to plow and salt snow-covered roads, is in place from Dec. 1 to April 1 between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.

It covers 107 miles of city streets and is in effect regardless of whether there's any snow.

"That's about how many we usually tow the first night [of the ban]," said Molly Poppe, spokeswoman for the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

The city towed 301 cars the first night last year and 215 vehicles in 2011, she said.

Ignoring the ban can get you a $60 ticket, plus $150 or more for towing and a $20 fee every day the car is held.

Towed cars are taken to one of two lots — 10301 S. Doty Ave. or 701 N. Sacramento Ave.

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