My question involves towing laws for the State of: Illinois
Hello. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
I recently made the mistake of parking in a fire lane. I know this was a mistake in itself on my behalf, but I was hoping for clarification on the following: Immediately after parking in the fire lane (flashers on), I proceeded into my local drug store to pick up an item. I was in the store for no longer than 1-2 minutes, TOPS. Upon exiting the store, my car was gone. I had a puppy in the car... windows cracked (again, wasn't away from the car for more than 100 seconds). The irritating part of this story to me is: A.) Predatory towing was definitely in place, as a "stake-out" car came around and stopped next to me immediately after I exited the store and proceeded to tell me the car had been towed, handed me an address of where I could retrieve my car, drove off and circled around to his "stake-out" parking spot to continue to hunt for his next victim. B.) There was no sign stating unauthorized vehicles would be towed (now, I can't say that I am familiar with all state towing laws, but a hunch tells me there's fine print involved in when a car can or can't be towed), so I am unsure if when a specific sign is NOT posted, can ANY towing company take action? or is this a matter for police to take care of? or something entirely different? C.) My puppy was in the car during this whole fiasco. To me, towing a car with an infant inside is just as wrong as towing a car with a puppy. Are there laws on that? D.) When I arrived at the lot where my car had been taken, I quickly noticed my dog was not in the vehicle...this sent chills down my spine. Was THAT legal for them to enter my car, and handle (or MIS-handle for all I know) my puppy? I payed the fine, went on my way, but I still can't help but think something was wrong with the whole event. Again, thanks so much in advance for any help on the matter.
A Concerned Citizen.