Redflex Bribery Scandal Prompts Alderman To Call Halt To Red Light Camera Contract

A sign warns drivers of red light camera enforcement at Foster & Broadway

Chicago’s embattled red light camera vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems, released a report Monday detailing improper and potentially criminal behavior by the company, a hired consultant and a former city official.

The report has prompted one alderman, Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd), to call for a halt to an effort by the city to seek a new five-year contract for the city’s red light camera program.

The filing with the Australian Securities Exchange by Redflex Holdings, the parent company of Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems, summarizes a report by Sidley Austin, the company hired to investigate potential ethical issues brought to light by the Chicago Tribune in October, 2012.

Headed by former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman, the report contends the company’s relationship with former Chicago Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner John Bills, who oversaw the city’s red light camera program, was not only improper but “will likely be considered bribery by the authorities.”

According to the report, Redflex paid for vacation-related expenses for at least 17 separate trips taken by Bills between 2003 and 2010. This included hotel rooms, airline flights, car rentals, meals and golf games. Bills also received a computer and played golf and ate meals locally on the company’s dime here in Chicago.

Read more at DNA Info Chicago

14 Responses to Redflex Bribery Scandal Prompts Alderman To Call Halt To Red Light Camera Contract

  1. DoR Employee says:

    At this point… The only contract for RLC’s should be for maintenance…we should be doing everything else in house at the OEMC.

  2. Greg says:

    Here’s a question for all the legal experts out there – and I’m looking for legal answer, not what it SHOULD be…

    Since Redflex has admitted and the city has acknowledged that the contract was awarded thanks to underhanded actions, is there any possibility that all the tickets and fines could be voided?

    Is there any legal backing on that?

  3. barnet says:

    Where did Redflex admit this?

  4. DoR Employee says:

    Good Question Greg.

    Mike has more links about that Barnet….data mine the blog roll.

  5. ldcbig50 says:

    The contacts it in ASAP not in June.

  6. ldcbig50 says:

    The contacts should end ASAP not in June. They didn’t stop @ 1or 2, but 17 times?
    DAMN!!!! ……

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  8. barnet says:

    The camera law was written by crooks who will never agree to refund I’ll gotten gains. Should there be a class action usually the refunds are paltry for drivers.

  9. barnet says:

    So far Redflex has admitted to recent events 2010, “clearly inadequate” oversight and “inaccurate and misleading” statements to City Hall and the Tribune as the story broke in October. I have not seen direct statements of bribes to get the original contract althought it would be no surprise.

  10. Drew says:

    Here’s the big thing.

    This was an Ongoing Investigation by the IG….Why was Bills allowed to retire with a pension after committing 17 ethics violations of this nature?

  11. barnet says:

    Where was 17 violations published? Maybe The mayor knows.

  12. anonymouse says:

    Here’s your answer:

    John Bills, 51, who retired from his city management job last summer after a 32-year career, was appointed by Preckwinkle last December to the part-time post on the Cook County Employee Appeals Board, long known as a haven for those with political clout. Bills is a longtime campaign worker for House Speaker and state Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan.

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