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A group of over 50 protestors shut down traffic at the very busyintersection of North, Damen and Milwaukee Avenues Tuesday night according to DNA Info.
The protestors were marching in “solidarity” with protestors in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer recently.
The chanting marchers blocked the intersection around 9 PM and then walked south on Milwaukee Avenue to Division and Ashland. The protest lasted about 30 minutes. Two protestors were arrested for obstruction of traffic after failing to obey police officers trying to clear the streets.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Committee for Pedestrian and Traffic Safety, despite many questions from city council members during special hearings on the city’s controversy generating red light cameras, aldermen never really got answers to many of their questions.
Inspector General Joseph Ferguson and Scheinfeld were invited by committee chairman Walter Burnett (27th) to testify Tuesday. Ferguson gave an oral summary of the Office of the Inspector General’s recent investigation on enforcement anomalies reported in the media. According to Ferguson, it was the first time in 25 years the Inspector General has been asked to testify at a city council committee hearing.
Scheinfeld’s opening statement was a history and defense of the city’s RLC program, as well as an answer to the findings and recommendations of the OIG.
The commissioner claimed, based on Illinois Department of Transportation crash data, crashes at red light camera intersections have decreased 43% and fatalities were down 23% between 2005 and 2012 or 225 fewer crashes per year at those intersections.
Europe has a lot of speed cameras.
Where red light cameras are the most used type of automated camera enforcement method used in the U.S., speed cameras are the cams dujour in Europe.
And people don’t like them.
Some set fire to them. Others knock them down or use spray paint to obscure the camera lens.
But video prankster Remi Gaillard just mocks the cameras by dressing up in a big box that resembles a speed cam unit and setting off a flash when cars drive by.
And, to paraphrase Chicagoist who tipped us off to this video, it’s all fun and games until the cops show up.
Watch and laugh.
Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras, the local organization opposed to both red light and speed camera enforcement, is making a return trip to the 27th ward this Saturday.
The group has spent the past year protesting at traffic camera sites located in the wards of city council members who voted for the city’s speed camera program.
The group’s first protest this year was in Alderman Walter Burnett’s 27th ward. Burnett was a supporter of speed cameras.
But with the announcement that Burnett, Chairman of the Committee for Pedestrian and Traffic Safety will hold hearings about the problems with Chicago’s red light camera program, the group felt it appropriate to return.
A trio of maintenance projects will offer short term traffic challenges for motorists this weekend on Chicago expressways.
The Illinois Department of Transportation is conducting two bridge inspections Saturday and Sunday morning.
Alderman Walter Burnett (27th), Chairman of the Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety, says he invited Inspector General Joseph Ferguson to present his office’s recent findings and recommendations at a hearing Tuesday, October 28th at 3 p.m. at City Hall.
“We need to make sure everything is fair and decent for everyone,” said Burnett. “We definitely don’t want people running the red light but at the same time things need to be fair.”
Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) says it’s about time. He and members of the council’s Progressive Caucus have tried to get hearings several times over the past two years of controversy.
“It’s years overdue,” says Waguespack. “With all the issues surrounding the cameras aldermen knew something has to change with this program. It’s been building up for so many years. We’ve been waiting for this a long time.”
A full month ahead of schedule, the 57-year old Van Buren Bridge reopened to traffic Thursday after undergoing a major rehabilitation.
Built in 1956, the bridge spans the Chicago river and connects downtown to the West Loop neighborhood, was given a new roadway deck with repaired girders, floor beams and lateral bracing according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
“The Van Buren Bridge is an important piece of our infrastructure, and this reconstruction project will ensure this historic bridge can continue to serve residents as they travel to and from work for generations to come,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday while visiting the bridge. “I thank Chicagoans for their patience during the construction and congratulate the CDOT construction crews for a job well done, and a job completed ahead of schedule.”
Allegedly, Redflex funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts to former city manager John Bills–the man who oversaw the city’s red light camera program–with O’Malley as the conduit.
While O’Malley originally made a plea of not guilty when he was indicted earlier in the year in federal court.
However, according to the Sun-Times court documents indicate O’Malley has been cooperating with the feds and is planning to change his plea to guilty in December.
O’Malley’s cooperation probably puts additional pressure on Bills and former Redflex CEO Karen Finlay who both entered pleas of not guilty to their indictment.
Here’s the full story, “Key player in red light camera scandal plans to plead guilty.”
City sticker scofflaws beware…Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza is coming after you.
Tuesday, Mendoza outlined many new ideas for the City Council during annual budget hearings at City Hall–including one to find and fine Chicago drivers who don’t buy their city stickers.
During her remarks Mendoza contended the transition to year round city sticker sales went relatively smoothly and will end up increasing revenues by $10 million by the end of 2014.
However, now that the transition to year round sales is complete the clerk’s database is being updated every month by the Illinois Secretary of State’s vehicle registration database. According to Mendoza this gives the Clerk’s office the ability to track down those vehicle owners who refuse to cough up the annual wheel tax–an estimated $5 million in revenue.
Emanuel’s proposed budget is looking to raise parking garage taxes by 2% next year from 20 to 22% during the week and from18 to 20% on weekends according to the Sun-Times.
The mayor hopes to raise an additional $10 million by the tax bump and then use the proceeds to hire 80 new employees to make up 18 crews to fill potholes on Chicago’s streets. This past winter was the worse on record with an expected million plus potholes being filled by the end of the year and a record breaking number of pothole related vehicle damage claims filed as well.