Former ‘SNL’ Star Rachel Dratch Receives Chicago Parking Ticket From 1997

on Aug11

11 August 2017 | 3:13 pm

A former “Saturday Night Live” star has to pay the piper – two decades later.

Actress Rachel Dratch posted on Twitter that she received a parking ticket from the City of Chicago on Wednesday. The crazy part? It’s a citation from 1997.

“Chicago does not f around,” the New York City-based comedian wrote. “I received this parking ticket in the mail today. Look at date. It’s from TWENTY years ago” 

The ticket was issued on Dec. 8, 1997 – right around the time Dratch was a member of the Second City cast in Chicago.

Sure enough, the “offense location” is listed as 150 W. North Ave., just a block from the historic comedy club in the city’s Old Town neighborhood.

Dratch performed on Second City’s mainstage from 1995 through 1998, alongside fellow ‘SNL” alum Tina Fey, according to her bio on the theater’s website.

She then went on to star on “SNL” from 1999 to 2006, and has appeared in several films and television series, including Fey’s “30 Rock,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and more.

While a 20-year-old parking ticket sounds like it may be a line from her iconic “Debbie Downer” sketches, Dratch will have to pay a real $73.20 fine into the city’s coffers, unless she contests it.

A spokeswoman for the City of Chicago’s Office of Budget and Management and Department of Finance, which is responsible for collecting parking and red light ticket fines, said the city followed protocol in this instance.

“The City sends at least five separate notifications to motorists regarding parking violations before referring a ticket to collections,” a city statement to NBC Chicago reads. “Once a ticket is in collections additional notifications are sent, and it can be re-referred to a separate collection agency to work to identify new or updated mailing information. We followed the same process in this instance.”

Published at 10:52 AM CDT on Aug 10, 2017 | Updated at 10:13 AM CDT on Aug 11, 2017

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