Illinois’ legislative session is wrapping up in earnest, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker will soon face the task of deciding whether to crystalize legislators’ ideas by signing them into law.
Red Light Cameras
State Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he took a $5,000 bribe from a firm that installed red-light cameras throughout the state and lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is running for re-election, said it was not enough for the lawmakers to resign as leaders of the Democratic Party in the Illlinois Senate.
The charges against state Sen. Emil Jones III were made public by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Illinois through an information, a court document that is typically filed in cases where the defendant has indicated they plan to plead guilty.
“The sheer number and political stature of the Illinois elected officials and business leaders who were implicated, indicted or convicted in the 2020 is staggering,” University of Illinois at Chicago professor and former 44th Ward Ald. Dick Simpson said.
Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th Ward, says motorists are likely to receive only half of what they might have if they’d been allowed to contest their fines.
The city has settled a massive lawsuit with more than a million drivers and will partially reimburse those tickets. Here’s what you need to know.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday the removal of 50 red light cameras at 25 intersections where the number of crashes has fallen.
Mayoral candidate Jesús "Chuy" García says he’d abolish the city’s red light camera program if he’s elected mayor. But how would he make up the revenue?
Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the latest reports of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's motorcade again running red lights.
A scientific study calls into question the safety benefits of red light cameras which is the reason City Hall installed them. We'll talk about the study and the politics of Chicago's red light cameras.
IG Audit Reveals City’s Red Light Camera Program Was “Fundamentally Deficient”
City Inspector General Joe Ferguson goes in depth about his audit of the city's beleaguered red light camera program, which is found to have collected millions in tickets from drivers because of curious changes to protocols.
The Chicago Tribune uncovers a disturbing and inexplicable spike in red light camera tickets around Chicago.
The mayor gets his wish--the governor signs the speed camera bill into law. Carol Marin and her panel have more on this and how the mayor has been able to get his way on many other things as well.
Red-Light Camera Expansion
We have your thoughts on the pending legislation that would allow the red-light cameras in Chicago to also issue speeding tickets in tonight’s Viewer Mail.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveils reforms to the city's controversial TIF program: an online database of how TIF money is spent. Eddie Arruza has the details on this, red-light cameras and more.