Cook County OK’s 30 Red Light Camera Locations

6 Intersections Slated For Schaumburg, Opposition Begins

Chicago is already considered the red light capital of the United States issuing millions for red light violations every year.

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

19 Responses to Cook County OK’s 30 Red Light Camera Locations

  1. Sauce says:

    So who voted for this revenue plan? Their names aren’t listed anywhere and I’d like to remember come voting day.

  2. Mr. X says:

    It is time to spray paint or base-ball bat these f*ck!rs (the cameras not the people that voted for them).

  3. Tom says:

    FYI, Lake-Cook & McHenry isn’t in Hickory Hills, it’s in Buffalo Grove.

  4. DoR Empolyee says:

    Mr X….

    Remember….the more people expect what they always got, the more they will always get what they have gotten before.

    Or if you prefer:

    Vote the Fuckers out or there will not be change in this County.

    Stop voting by Party or Color and find someone to run that will Serve the People and not the Status Quo.

  5. Tom says:

    Well, since the entire county is run by Democratics, voting any of them in again would be the definition of insane.

  6. Lake-Cook Road at McHenry Road and Lake-Cook at Buffalo Grove Road intersections are one-half block apart from each other! Where is the traffic research which ordained the need for cameras? It’s a good bet that the Cook County Board doesn’t even know what the leading cause of intersection crashes at signalized intersections is.

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  8. Steve says:

    Looks like Lake-Cook Rd will be the new RLC alley. I’ll be sure to avoid it.

  9. Mike says:

    Just saw the list. Looks like the County knows where the taxpayers are. I didn’t see too many cameras for Harvey, Justice, Maywood, etc. Hmmmmmmm? Seems like inequality. Don’t say…Todd Stroger.

    And by the way, Chicago initially put a lot of cameras on the north and northwest sides before hitting up the south and west sides of the city.

    Ever notice how there’s always tons of ticket writers in Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, and Bucktown. I doubt there’s many ticket writers in Engelwood, Lawndale, and Garfield Park.

    I’m not saying there aren’t honest citizens in those towns or neighborhoods, but it looks like some areas are definitely hit harder than others and that’s the truth.

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  11. Scott Davis says:

    Schaumburg has posted the roll call on the RLC vote from the June 1st County Board meeting.

    http://www.ci.schaumburg.il.us/PSAFETY/PSafety/Pages/SchaumburgFightsCookCountyRedLightCameras.aspx

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  15. Jeff says:

    I didn’t see any one answer the question about the list of politicians who supported the red light cameras? Are they state/and Chicago politicians, or just state politicians? And where can I find a list of Aldermen who voted for privatizing parking? We need to vote them out and clean up this corruption!!!

  16. Zam says:

    WARNING DON’T ROLL UP A LITTLE BIT TO SEE IF TRAFFIC IS COMING BECAUSE IT WILL COST YOU A $100 FOR BEING CAREFUL. THIS IS ON SW HWY. AND ROBERTS RD.HAVE OTHERS WHO HAVE RECEIVED THEIR CITATION AT THE SAME LOCATION. GOOD DRIVING 30 YRS WITHOUT A VIOLATION. BTW WAIT UNTIL THERE IS A FUNERAL PROCESSION AND YOU RUN THE LIGHT GOOD LUCK WITH THAT WHICH MY FRIED WENT THROUGH BY THE WAS IS A COP.

  17. Gem says:

    I completely agree with Zam–the same thing happened to me in the northwest suburbs. However, I also think it’s better to stop where you can see oncoming traffic to avoid an accident, even if it means you have to stop beyond the camera. Too bad our politicians prefer greed to safety! As we age, our height is reduced, making it necessary to do some things differently.

  18. Gem says:

    A correction to my previous post: on viewing the video of the violation, I see that the camera was correct. However, the remainder of my post is still pertinent.

  19. Jeff says:

    Gem:

    yet another reason why this kind of thing should be left to the discretion of police officers rather than cameras supplied by whichever contractor gave Rahm the most campaign cash.

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