Redflex Ousted From Speed Camera Bid
Redflex Traffic Systems had been the city’s red light camera vendor since it’s inception in 2003 and its equipment and technology had helped grow the program to become the nation’s largest with 384 cameras.
The company also had political connections to City Hall, as a friend and major fundraiser for Mayor Rahm Emanuel also worked closely with Redflex as a consultant.
Many believed the fix was in. But that’s not the case now.
A Tribune investigation into possible ethics violations has forced Redflex from the original pool of nine vendors that submitted bids for the lucrative, multi-million dollar speed cam contract.
The Tribune reports today, the city’s Department of Procurement Services issued a letter to Redflex Monday, the day after the Tribune’s story with the allegations of wrong doing was published, informing them of the decision to disallow its bid.
The original Tribune story reported how Redflex has paid for two nights at a luxury hotel for John Bills, the Chicago Department of Transportation employee overseeing the red light camera program.
This breach of the public trust by Redflex could imperil its long standing city red light camera contract as well as endanger bids for other cities’ RLC programs.
Bills had since left CDOT and has worked as a consultant for the Traffic Safety Coalition, a pro-enforcement camera lobbying organization that is funded in part by Redflex.
Here’s the Tribune’s story, “City axes speed camera firm’s bid, citing delay in reporting ethics case.”