Some of Chicago’s yellow lights are too short, according to an administrative law judge who said he’s thrown out “60 to 70 percent” of red light camera tickets he’s come across recently More »
The Chicago Tribune is alleging the wives of two executives for a company vying for the city’s red light camera program donated $5000 each to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political campaign. According to More »
NBC Chicago writer Edward McClelland last week boldly predicted that due to Chicago’s horrible experience with it’s infamous and hated parking meter lease deal, no city will ever privatize their parking meters More »
At the very least, you got to give you a Florida driver kudos for this ingenuity.
The driver, Joshua Concepcion West had a black colored shield that with a click of a button, he would lower to block tollway cameras from snapping photos of his license plate and thus, save him a $1.25 toll.
The Geek will talk to OTL’s handsome and genial host, Mike Stephen after 6 AM to chat about the city’s latest antics surrounding it’s ethically and safety challenged red light camera program.
Tune in WGN Radio 720 or stream it here.
Your transportation related headlines for Friday, January 13th 2016.
(Otto Mobile Will Return With The Next Driver’s Side Column On Tuesday, January 17th)
Biker Killed In Humboldt Park Crash Apparently Ran The Red Light, As Police Say Motorist Had The Green Light, No Ticket Issued - Chicago Streetsblog; So Much For The Bike Lobby’s Claims That Letting Bikers Run Red Lights Will Promote Safety; This Is The Second Chicago Bike Fatality In The Last 7 Months Linked To A Biker Running A Red Light
Touhy Will Be Torn Up From Western To Clark Until May For New Water Main - DNA Chicago
What Should You Do During A Traffic Stop - Evanston Now
Police Will Add Patrols Downtown To Deal With Street Robberies, Drag Races - DNA Chicago
With Chicago Reeling From A Record Year Of Violence And Murder, Lame Duck Obama Justice Department Unleashes A One-Sided, Agenda-Driven Attack On Chicago Police Officers - ABC 7 Chicago; Objectivity Seems To Be The Last Thing On The Mind Of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, As Investigators Didn’t Even Bother To Meet With Former CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy - Chicago Sun-Times, DNA Chicago; DOJ Witch Hunt Will Only Accelerate Police Officers Retiring/Leaving CPD; City Legal Bill Hits $3.8M - Crain’s Chicago Business; New Trump Attorney General Sessions Will Not Likely Continue Efforts To Micro-Manage CPD - New Orleans Advocate
Illinois Law Expanded To Protect Stranded Motorists - Illinois News Network
Are you one of those drivers who received that weird red light camera notice from the City of Chicago in the past week or so?
Your’re not alone–another 1.2 million drivers who also received it.
The notices, many showing the fines have been paid, are giving motorists a second chance to contest red light camera tickets issued between 2010 and 2015.
Why? Well, it’s because the city is facing a very potent pair of class action lawsuits attacking the city for not properly follow it’s own red light camera laws in two ways. The first is that the city did not mail drivers a second notice for the initial red light violation as required under the law. The second is that the city doubled fines for RLC tickets that were not paid after 21 days. Unfortunately for the city, the municipal code stated fines could not double until after 25 days.
The city is running scared–scared courts will force it to refund tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars in fines that were possibly collected improperly.
The recently mailed notices give drivers another chance to contest the violations and possibly get a refund from the city and attorney Patrick Keating has drafted a very robust “How To” letter/defense to assist drivers in contesting their tickets.
Keating, was the lead attorney who fought the city’s red light cameras in a different set of class action lawsuits all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court. Unfortunately, too many of the justices recused themselves so no final ruling by the court was made leaving Chicago’s red light camera laws and fines they collected, intact.
Keating’s advice and the defenses he puts forth covers a lot of legal ground and will help the rest of the non-legal world in possibly exacting a bid of revenge against the city.
“I am advising folks to contest the new belated ticket notices ideally in person, but at least by mail, and send the attached notice in,” says Keating via email.
Check out Keating’s document below.
Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, January 12th 2016.
Oak Brook Sends Message About Corruption — And A Not So Subtle ‘Screw You’ To Neighboring Oak Brook Terrace — With Ordinance Banning Red Light Cameras - Chicago Tribune
Editorial: Your Chance To Weigh In On Tolled Lanes On The Eisenhower - Chicago Daily Herald
City Deploys Salt Spreaders As Forecasters Warn Of Freezing Rain - Chicago Sun-Times; Slick Roads Across The Area Thursday Morning - Chicago Tribune, Chicago Daily Herald; CTA Trains Delayed By Freezing Rain - DNA Chicago; South Shore Line Suspends Service Because Of Ice - The Times Of Northwest Indiana; Indiana Toll Road Reopens After Icy Road Conditions In Gary - Chicago Sun-Times; Inclement Weather Causes Delays At O’Hare, Midway Airports - CBS 2 Chicago; ‘Blizzard ’67′: Imagine The Snow Begins To Fall And Doesn’t Stop - Chicago Tribune
Rahm Wants $1 Billion From Trump For Union Station - Crain’s Chicago Business; Maybe Trump Will Go Along, If Rahm Agrees To Rename It ‘TRUMP STATION’; Hashtag #ELECTIONSHAVECONSEQUENCES
Change In State Bike Rules Tribute To Rider - Chicago Tribune
S. Loop Residents Oppose Bike Lanes, Over Danger To Pedestrians From Bicyclists Who Ignore Traffic Lights And Fail To Give Pedestrians The Right Of Way - National Law Review
Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, January 11th 2016.
After Giving Chicago Its Crooked Mayor, And Giving That Crooked Mayor A $1.1 Billion Campaign Contribution, Obama Gives Chicago Drivers One Final Parting Gift — One Of Those PM Rush Hour Traffic Nightmares That He Causes With Every Hometown Visit - ABC 7 Chicago
In An Apparent Diss To His Protege, Lame Duck Obama Fails To Mention Rahm In His Swan Song Speech - Crain’s Chicago Business
Red Light Cameras Make 4 Mile Stretch Of Harlem In W. Burbs A Lucrative Shakedown For Drivers - Oak Park News; From A Safety Perspective, Having Drivers Brake Suddenly To Avoid Red Light Cameras Would Only Lead To More Rear End Crashes On A Busy Road Like Harlem Avenue
The Right Way To Combat Drunken Driving - Chicago Tribune
CDOT Strikes Again: Delays On North Lake Shore Drive After Broken Crane Blocks 2 Lanes - DNA Chicago
Water Main Breaks, Flooding Bucktown Street For 2nd Time in 3 Days - DNA Chicago
Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, January 10th 2016.
High Winds Close Roads, Cancel Flights In Chicago - DNA Chicago
When Ideological Gobbledygook Meets Real World Results: UK Department For Transport Study Says Vision Zero ‘Traffic Calming’ Road Measures Actually INCREASE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS - The Newspaper; Just The Latest Example Of How Auto-Hostile Vision Zero Efforts Are Blind To Reality
Much Of Rahm’s 6 Year War On Cars Has Been Bankrolled By Obama - DNA Chicago
Bike To Work Downtown Friday And Get Cheesecake, Coffee To Fight Cold - DNA Chicago
Plans For Tiger Woods Golf Course Raise Traffic Concerns On South Side - CBS 2 Chicago
Ald. Explains Why Edison Park Does Not Want The Kind Of Over-Density, Or Terminally Tacky Transit Oriented Projects Being Shoved Down The Throats Of Other Neighborhoods - DNA Chicago
Your transportation related headlines for Monday, January 9th 2016.
Obama Farewell Speech Tomorrow Night At McCormick Place - Chicago Sun-Times; Watch For Lakeshore Drive Shutdowns On Short Notice
City’s Clumsy Attempt To Evade Court Ruling On Illegal Red Light Camera Tickets Falls On Its Face - Chicago Tribune
Streetsblog’s Latest Low-Information Legal Argument: All Drivers Should Automatically Be Required To Surrender Their Phones After An Accident, Even If There Is No Evidence Of Distracted Driving - Chicago Reader; Hashtag #READTHE4THAMENDMENT
Would You Carpool Or Pay A Toll To Travel Faster On The Ike - Chicago Daily Herald
WTF: Emanuel: Divvy A Bigger Threat To Cabbies Than Uber - Chicago Tribune
Lame Duck Obama Sends CTA $1.1 Billion In Matching Funds For Rahm’s Transit TIF Slush Fund - Chicago Sun-Times; Much Of Those Billions Will Go Towards Demolishing Lakeview Buildings, Leaving What Promises To Be Another CTA Vacant Land Crater, And Building The Belmont Flyover, To Save A Whopping 20 Seconds of Travel Time; With A Decade Of Corrupt Chicago-Style Contracting Ahead, This Promises To Be A Bonanza For Federal Prosecutors; Meanwhile CTA Is Spending $50 Million To Refurbish Just ONE Green Line Station - Chicago Sun-Times
Rahm Thinks He Can Sweet Talk Trump On Infrastructure - Chicago Sun-Times; That Makes About As Much Sense As Substituting Rat Poison For Sugar In Your Cupcake Recipe
Chicago Food Trucks Find New Routes To Ease Rules After Court Loss - Chicago Tribune
Overpriced Transit Oriented Developments In Logan Square Are Distorting The Rental Market - DNA Chicago
Streetsblog Hypocrisy On Transit Oriented Development Ordinance; Once Upon A Time, Streetsblog Argued For The TOD Ordinance Because ‘It Leaves The Decision About How Many Spots Should Be Provided Up To The Developer And The Community’; Now Streetsblog Claims That Any Development With A Parking Facility Must Pass The Streetsblog Style Sniff Test - Chicago Streetsblog
Your transportation related headlines for Friday, January 6th 2016.
LSD Crackdown Last Weekend Yielded 32 Tickets – Police Focus On NW Side This Weekend - DNA Chicago
Chicago’s Gang Violence Catches Highway Drivers In Crossfire; Record Number 38 Highway Shootings Last Year - Reuters; I-57 Shooting Shut Down Rush Hour Traffic, But No Injuries Reported - DNA Chicago; First Chicago Expressway Shooting This Year
No Bond For Four Monsters Charged With Stealing A Car, Kidnapping/Torturing Mentally Disabled Victim On Facebook Live - Chicago Sun-Times
Moving Company Study: Illinois No. 2 For Most Out-Of-State Moves - The State Journal-Register
Connector Project To Link Chinatown And South Loop - Gazette Chicago
Use TIF Money To Help Homeless Sleeping On The Streets, W. Side Merchants Say - Gazette Chicago
Homeless Warn Of Trouble If City Tries To Clean LSD Viaduct Tent Cities In Cold - CBS 2 Chicago
Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, January 5th 2016.
City Makes Last Ditch Effort To Wriggle Free Of Refunding Improperly Issued Red Light Camera Violations - The Expired Meter; More On How City, CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld Are Pulling Their Latest Fraudulent Scheme To Shake Down Drivers: CBS 2 Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois Driver’s Education Instructors Now Required To Teach Students How to Handle Traffic Stops - Fox Illinois
‘Anarchy On Argyle’ Anything-Goes Streetscape Still Another Huge CDOT Fail, As Parking And Driving Rules Are Anyone’s Guess – Incomprehensible Signage Does Not Help - DNA Chicago
It’s Not Easy Being Green – Chicago’s Electric Buses Run 82 Daily Routes with Zero Emissions - Efficient Gov; Streetsblog Whines About These Environmentally Green Buses On The Disastrous Loop Link BRT Route — A Route Used By Diesel Smoke Belching CTA Buses - Chicago Streetsblog
Chicago Says Tourism In 2016 Hit Record: 54.1 Million Visitors - Crain’s Chicago Business; Wanna Bet Cubs World Series Is Behind Much Of This Increase
New Piece Of Public Art Will Light Up The 606 Trail - Curbed Chicago