Cook County OK’s 30 Red Light Camera Locations
6 Intersections Slated For Schaumburg, Opposition Begins
Factoring in RLC programs in the surrounding suburbs further cements this reputation.
But now Cook County is getting into the red light camera business by bringing RLCs to 30 new intersections on county roads.
The Cook County Board voted 10-3 (with two voting present) Tuesday to approve contracts for RedSpeed, Illinois of Lombard, and American Traffic Solutions based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 30 intersections are divided evenly between the two RLC providers.
The vote to approve a contract to an Arizona based company raised eyebrows as it came literally minutes after the board voted 10-6 to approve a county wide boycott of doing business with Arizona companies.
However, one suburban town in particular that seems to be bearing the brunt of the RLC intersection assignments is Schaumburg.
The northwest suburban town is slated to receive six of the 30. Ironically, it was Schaumburg which, in a highly publicized and short lived flirtation with a highly profitable RLC location near Woodfield Mall, got rid of the their camera. That one camera generated over $1 million in 75 days and brought howls of protest over the $100 tickets.
The main activist behind the fight against Schaumburg’s RLC program was Brian Costin and his Schaumburg Freedom Coalition.
Costin, now a candidate for mayor of Schaumburg, is poised to fight the red light cameras again with a campaign promise to pass a city ordinance banning all red light cameras within city limits if he’s elected mayor. And if that doesn’t work, plans to take whatever legal means necessary to keep them out of Schaumburg.
“Do we have 20% of Cook County roads in Schaumburg?” asks Costin sarcastically. “Do we have six of the most dangerous intersections in Cook County? It seems like they’re punishing Schaumburg residents more than other communities and it strikes me as unfair. They’re treating the people of Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Arlington Heights and Palatine as cash machines.”
And Costin wonders why one important city in Cook County is being overlooked by the board for red light cameras.
“Why isn’t there a location in the City of Chicago?” asks Costin. “Are there no Cook County roads in Chicago? Who picked these intersections?”
Of the other 30 RLC locations, Elk Grove Village gets three, Arlington Heights receives three, Palatine two and Buffalo Grove is penned in for two.
In fact, the two locations set for cameras in Buffalo Grove are two of the intersections considered for red light cameras by Buffalo Grove back in February. But the Buffalo Grove village board unanimously rejected red light cameras for their community.
Buffalo Grove resident Barnet Fagel, one of the area’s most vocal opponents of red light cameras, and traffic safety researcher for the National Motorists Association, fought vigorously to keep the cameras out of his town.
“My reaction is they’re going to increase crashes and take money from people trying to drive safely,” said an irate Fagel. “And they’ll (Cook County) will get all the credit for people in peril.”
While it will take several months before these cameras will be up and running, county residents opposed to these new cameras can join Costin’s freshly minted Facebook group, Cook County Residents Against Red Light Cameras.
LOCATIONS OF 30 COOK COUNTY RED LIGHT CAMERA INTERSECTIONS
- Schaumburg Road and Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg
- Wise Road and Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg
- Roselle Road and Wise Road, Schaumburg
- Central Road and Roselle Road, Schaumburg
- Schaumburg Road and Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg
- Schaumburg Road and Roselle Road, Schaumburg
- Hintz Road and Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights
- Hintz Road and Buffalo Grove Road, Arlington Heights
- Arlington Heights Road and Lake-Cook Road, Arlington Heights/Buffalo Grove
- Buffalo Grove Road and Lake-Cook Road, Buffalo Grove
- Meacham Road and Nerge Road, Elk Grove Village
- Meacham Road and Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village
- Arlington Heights Road and Devon Avenue, Elk Grove Village
- Euclid Avenue and Roselle Road, Palatine
- Euclid Avenue and Quentin Road, Palatine
- Lake Avenue and Ridge Road, Wilmette
- 87th Street and Roberts Road, Hickory Hills/Justice
- Vollmer Road and Central Road, Matteson
- 103rd Street and Roberts Road, Palos Hills
- Lake-Cook Road and McHenry Road, Hickory Hills
- Lake-Cook Road and Skokie Boulevard, Northbrook
- Greenwood Road and 154th Street, South Holland/Dolton
- 167th Street and Kedzie Avenue, Hazel Crest/Markham
- Sauk Trail and Orchard Drive, Park Forest
- 143rd Street and Ridgeland Avenue, Orland Park
- Lake-Cook Road and Waukegan Road, Deerfield
- Hintz Road and Wolf Road, Wheeling
- County Line Road and Plainfield Road, Hinsdale
- County Line Road and German Church, Burr Ridge
- 171st Street and 80th Avenue, Tinley Park