A bipartisan bill seeking to shut down the controversial red light cameras throughout Illinois is picking up traction statewide.
Earlier this month, Cook County Circuit Judge Kathleen Kennedy denied a request from the city of Chicago to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the city denied due process to drivers ticketed under its red light camera program.
The ruling kept alive a lawsuit that would have the city refund hundreds of millions of dollars to drivers ticketed since 2013 while the city says they’re evaluating their legal options.
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On Friday, Citizens To Abolish Red Light Cameras met on Chicago’s south side calling for a statewide end to red light and speed camera programs.
Mark Wallace of that group is calling on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to halt the program and wants Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan to call a vote on the bill to do the same statewide.and
“We’re calling for the mayor of the city of Chicago to call an immediate end to photo enforcement of red light cameras and speed cameras. We’re also calling for Michael Madigan to call the bill, House Bill 141,” Wallace said.
The city contends photo enforcement makes the streets safer and allow police to focus their attention elsewhere.
Democratic state Representative Ken Dunkin of Chicago, the bill’s sponsor, told supporters Friday despite efforts by the speaker to stall HBill 141 from getting to the House floor, a vote is necessary.
“Let the bill go. Let the bill out of committee, let it hit the house floor for votes up or down,” Dunkin said.
House Bill 141 has received bispartsipan support in Springfield. Representative Dunkin said he hopes the bill will be voted on before the the March 15th primary elections.