CHICAGO VEHICLE TAX DECALS

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Representations of Chicago vehicle tax decals, also known as “City Stickers,” issued by the City of Chicago.

The City of Chicago has issued Vehicle Tax Licenses since 1911. In 1931 the City of Chicago transitioned from a metal medallion / plate to window decals / stickers. Below is a pictorial representation of “Chicago Vehicle Tax Stickers” since 1931. In 2013 the City of Chicago announced that it would no longer hold a competition for the design of the sticker artwork by students. The year previous there was a controversy over the winning design. The artist, who had ties to gang activity, embedded subtle gang symbolism tied to the Maniac Latin Disciples into the design of the sticker. The theme for the 2012-2013 sticker was “Chicago’s Heroes” which focused on Police, Fire and EMS services. The winning design was scrapped and the 2nd place winner’s design was chosen; but the new winner eventually pulled out of the contest and the city created a generic sticker on its own. City Clerk Susana Mendoza announced that city sticker sales would be transitioning to a year round sales method, which effectively ended the design competition. The new city stickers would be straight-forward and free of any design that might be open to interpretation. The City of Chicago continues to utilize the metal medallion / plate tag for motorcycles licensed in the city.