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Trib Says Mayor Got $10,000 In Donations Linked To Red Light Camera Bidder

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State Lawmaker Proposes Red Light Camera Ban

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Illinois State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) introduced a bill in Springfield Thursday according to the Daily Herald.

McSweeney cited recent reporting by the Chicago Tribune which strongly questioned the effectiveness of red light cameras on reducing crashes and improving traffic safety.

“Red-light cameras primarily serve as a revenue enhancement tool at great cost to taxpayers,” McSweeney was quoted.

Aldermen Propose Changes For Red Light Camera Intersections

red_light_cameraTwo Chicago aldermen are proposing sweeping changes to how the city’s red light camera program operates.

At Wednesday’s Chicago City Council meeting Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) and Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) introduced an ordinance that would put pedestrian countdown timers and increase the yellow light timing at every red light camera intersection according to the Sun-Times.

Beale, Chairman of the Transportation Committee, believes the countdown timers help drivers see how many seconds are left before the traffic light turns yellow allowing them to either stop or speed up to avoid a $100 red light ticket.

Fioretti Proposes Parking Ticket Amnesty

Ald. Fioretti discusses his parking ticket amnesty proposal at City Hall. Photo credit: Ted Cox/DNA Info.

Ald. Fioretti discusses his parking ticket amnesty proposal at City Hall. Photo credit: Ted Cox/DNA Info.

It’s been six years since the City of Chicago offered an amnesty program to induce scofflaws to cough up the cash for unpaid parking and red light camera tickets.

But now, in the midst of a heated mayoral campaign, 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti has proposed a ticket amnesty program that would allow drivers to pay the original fine amounts for unpaid parking tickets issued before April 15th, 2014 according to DNA Info.

Fioretti, who planned to introduce an ordinance at Wednesday’s city council meeting, believes the city could generate a lot of much needed revenue from a ticket amnesty.

Driver Ticketed For ‘Driving While Eating” In Georgia

“You can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger,” a police officer told a driver in Cobb County Georgia while issuing him a ticket under the state’s distracted driver law there.

The driver was scarfing down a quarter pounder with cheese from McDonald’s and was told by the officer he had observed him eating the burger while following him for two miles according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.

The officer wrote “eating while driving” in the comments section of the ticket.

Illinois’ Worst Driver Get’s Arrested 22 Times

Alredo Luna has to be Illinois’ worst driver.

The 62-year old Chicago man was pulled over and arrested for driving on a revoked license for the 22nd time last week.

That’s right, he’s been arrested 22 times for being caught driving on a revoked license.

Official Accused In Redflex Scandal Wants Trial Moved To Vegas

A red light cameras stands watch at Damen & Division in Wicker ParkJohn Bills believes he can’t get a fair trial in Chicago.

So he wants to move it to Las Vegas.

That’s what lawyers for the former Chicago Department of Transportation official who initiated and oversaw the city’s red light camera program according to the Chicago Tribune.

Bills is accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts for allegedly making sure Redflex Traffic Systems won and retained the lucrative contract for the Chicago red light camera program.

In a court filing, Bills’ attorney Nishay Sanan wrote:

Politicians Work To Undo West Loop Parking Confusion

West Loop MapIt’s a cluster-park in the West Loop.

That’s what the Chicago Reader is reporting about an ill-conceived plan to keep so-called “day-trippers” from the suburbs from parking in the West Loop for free and then spending the day downtown.

The solution to the perceived problem was to restrict parking on neighborhood streets from 1:30 to 3:30 Monday through Friday.

It was a pilot program of sorts as it was initially only going to run from July 2013 to December 2013. But the signs didn’t come down in early 2014 and then the program got extended indefinitely by the City Council in May of last year.

Sun-Times Profiles Chicago’s Resident Street Sign Expert

Steven J. Bahnsen hates bad street signs signs.

And while Bahnsen is arguably, the most knowledgeable expert on traffic signs in the entire state, he curiously doesn’t work for CDOT or IDOT.

The Big Dibs Debate: Cities Take Different Approaches

A poster discourages the practice of using space savers to save a parking spot in the winter in a Boston neighborhood.

A poster discourages the practice of using space savers to save a parking spot in the winter in a Boston neighborhood.

To dib or not to dib?

That’s a question being debated on the streets of Chicago and other northern cities as the U.S. plunges into the depth of winter and it’s inevitable snowstorms.

The urban tradition of drivers using personal junk to save a parking space they just spent an hour digging out of a snowbank is deeply rooted in some cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston.

But while in Chicago DNA Info’s Mark Konkol defends the practice as perfectly aligned with the clout-laced tradition of the city, a neighborhood in Boston is pushing back against the practice.

Konkol recently wrote that reserving a parking spot is the reward for the hard work of freeing a vehicle from the icy clutches of a gigantic snow bank.

He also laid out some dibs guidelines for Chicago drivers including these gems:

63rd Street Bridge Closes Monday For 10 Months Of Repair Work

Detour signScheduled repair work on the 63rd St. Bridge will close the span over the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94) to all traffic starting Monday, January 12th according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The bridge is undergoing major repair work which will take about 10 months to finish.

IDOT says there will be daily lane closures on nearby Wentworth Ave. and Yale St. and expressway motorists should expect nightly lane closures until the end of October 2015.

The 63rd St. Bridge serves as a major conduit for the South Side neighborhoods surrounding the area. Area drivers should follow the detour signs and take the suggested detour routes.