Towing Ordinance Repealed Unanimously

After comments by

  • Anchor Towing’s Dan Hunt,
  • his attorney William Hellyer,
  • Jim Olson from Olson Collision, with locations in Harvard, Woodstock, Crystal Lake and Cary,
  • his brother Pete Olson form Olson Autobody from Johnsburg,
  • Huntley’s All-Star Towing and
  • Colleen Smith of C & M Towing out of Union, the only firm who paid the $900 for the business license to perform relocation towing in favor of rescinding the Illinois Commerce Regulations,

the county board voted unanimously to repeal its towing ordinance.

One person, Laurie Cwerenz, a lady from Johnsburg, spoke in favor of keeping the ordinance. She said her car got removed by Cougar Recovery, headquartered in Lake Barrington. She said the tow bill was $240, but the company caused $2,500 to $3,000 in damage because of improper towing technique. She said there was no recourse, apparently not knowing that a civil lawsuit might have been a possibility.

Making the repeal motion was ordinance sponsor Nick Provenzano.

“After the vote,” Dan Hunt told me. “I stood there and tried to shake everyone’s hand. A simple ‘Thank you’ for looking at this for what it was.”

Also in attendance was State Senator Pam Althoff. She explained the history of the bill and apologized to Provenzano and to Randy Donley for having not known all the details of the bill. Apparently both county board members asked the right questions, but Althoff had been misinformed of the implications of the law.

Althoff said a revised bill has been drafted, but seemed to imply that current state law would adequately protect county residents.


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Towing Ordinance Repealed Unanimously — 2 Comments

  1. My boyfriend mistakingly park his semi at the sear in mchenry . After only 10 hours on the lot cougar toeing towed it away. When we got in contact with them they stated it would be 4300 dollars and there was nothing they could do. After much fustration on our part and not giving in they dropped it to 2600 dollars. We still having paid we need help. Not knoeing all the laws and what we can do. But if anyone that reads this does please give me a call 815-403-5159 it would be greatly appreciated.

  2. My boyfriend mistakingly park his semi at the sear in mchenry . After only 10 hours on the lot cougar towing towed it away. When we got in contact with them they stated it would be 4300 dollars and there was nothing they could do. After much fustration on our part and not giving in they dropped it to 2600 dollars. We still have not paid we need help. Not knowing all the laws and what we can do. But if anyone that reads this does please give me a call 815-403-5159 it would be greatly appreciated.

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