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Woman settles $105,000 parking fine from Chicago airport lot

Jennifer Fitzgerald amassed the parking fines after her car was abandoned at Chicago's O’Hare International Airport in 2009.
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A Chicago woman has settled $105,000 parking fine after her car was abandoned at O'Hare International Airport in 2009. A pedestrian overpass at O'Hare International Airport on February 1, 2006 in Chicago. (Getty Images)

A Chicago woman has settled $105,000 in parking fines after her car was abandoned at the city's O’Hare International Airport.

It is the city's highest parking ticket fine to date.

Jennifer Fitzgerald, a unemployed single mother, had sued the city, claiming her ex-boyfriend registered the purple 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in her name, without her permission.

Fitzgerald ended up settling with the city out of court for $4,500, a relatively small amount of the original bill.

The car, which was left at the airport's employee parking lot, amassed 678 parking tickets over the course of two years before it was finally towed last year.

Fitzgerald argued that she kept receiving the parking tickets even after the state of Illinois revoked the car's license plates.

"They had a little egg on their face with writing so many tickets on one car," her lawyer, Robin Omahana, said. "She's very grateful it's all over."

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