Jesse White

Secretary of State Jesse White

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's Office says a statewide sting to catch drivers abusing disability or handicapped parking kicks off on Black Friday as shoppers head to stores this Thanksgiving week.

This is the 13th year for the sting, which targets people parking illegally in disability spots at several Illinois shopping malls.

Bill Bogdan is the secretary of state disability liaison.

Fines for parking in such spaces can be up to $350. Drivers caught misusing a placard face a six-month driver’s license suspension and a $600 fine. Repeat

violators will face a one-year driver’s license suspension and a $750 fine for a second offense; for third or subsequent offenses, violators will face a $1,000 fine plus a one-year driver’s license revocation.

Using a deceased person’s placard or a fraudulent placard can result in a $2,500 fine and one-year revocation of a driver’s license.