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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday that he was introducing an ordinance to crack down on those who illegally use disabled placards for parking.
The plan will increase fines for any driver caught displaying a fake, stolen, or altered placard and sets those penalties between $500 and $1,000.
Any driver who is caught using such a placard could also have their car impounded which carries an additional fine of $2,000.
Karen Tamley, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of People with Disabilities said that the availability of disabled parking "has long been a serious issue for the disability community."
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.