City orders parking aides to stop ticketing cars at Marine’s funeral
March 9, 2012 7:37PM
The body of Corporal Conner Lowry is brought to St. John Fisher after returning to Chicago for his funeral. | Larry Ruehl~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 9, 2012 10:08PM
They had pulled over and parked their cars so they could get out and pay tribute as the funeral procession of a slain Beverly Marine rolled past — and more than a few of them wound up getting ticketed.
An embarrassed City Hall on Friday ordered parking enforcement aides to “immediately” stop ticketing the cars of people who turned out to honor Cpl. Conner Lowry, a Brother Rice graduate, during the Southwest Side funeral, city officials said in a statement.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was furious after learning about the tickets. “When this was brought to the mayor’s attention, he was livid and immediately ordered the Department of Revenue to rescind the tickets,” said mayoral spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton.
Lowry, 24, died in Afghanistan last week while serving as a Humvee gunner on combat operations.
Hundereds of people — many waving flags and choking back tears — lined the streets to watch the hearse drive past Friday morning as the funeral procession took his body from Midway Airport to St. John Fisher Parish, at 103rd and Washtenaw.
“The city recognizes these vehicles were parked temporarily under special circumstances to honor a fallen soldier,” the city Revenue Department said in a statement. “As soon as this was brought to the city’s attention, parking enforcement aides were instructed to stop immediately and complied with this directive.
“All tickets issued in the vicinity during the time of the procession have been voided. We express our sincerest condolences to the family of Corporal Conner Lowry as all of us grieve his passing.”
Contributing: Stefano Esposito