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

The Chicago Tribune is alleging the wives of two executives for a company vying for the city’s red light camera program donated $5000 each to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political campaign.

According to the story, the Mayor issued an executive order prohibiting city contractors, or people bidding for a city contract or their spouses, from making campaign contributions. But, if the person owns less than 7.5% of the company in question, the contribution is acceptable which seems to be the case in this situation.

Bottom line, Emanuel is not returning the $10,000.

The company, System Development Integration, doesn’t seem to have a lot of experience in red light camera enforcement, although it has millions of dollars in contracts with the city for providing computer technology for different city departments.

Here’s the Tribune’s story, “Emanuel got $10,000 in donations linked to red light camera bidder.”

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

  1. saucexx says:


    615 Days left.

    I haven’t looked forward to an election like this the Bush years.

  2. Pete says:

    Yet the camera program is still totally legit, and all about children’s safety. The executives were donating this money because they were so concerned about the children, right Rahm?

  3. Jeff says:

    This from the same mayor who raked in thousands of dollars from the law firm of Winston & Strawn, the same law firm defending the parking meter lease deal on behalf of its Abu Dhabi owners.

    And this is the same mayor who accepted cash from Redflex Traffic Systems (the company that still runs Chicago’s red light camera system and pushed for the new speed cameras). The same Redflex company that is now under investigation for bribery.

    Is anyone at the US attorney’s office paying attention here?

  4. B says:

    And yet the vast majority of people still can’t figure out the true nature of government. It’s not just this mayor, it was one before him, the temporary one, the one before him, the one before her, and so on down the line back further than Chicago’s last republican mayor who was in Capone’s pocket.

    It’s not like they shouldn’t get it. Chicago’s mainstream media can’t go more than a couple days without some story that demonstrates the true nature of government at least on the city, county, or state level. And yet not only do the same things persist but grow. Are people in general just afraid to speak up or what?

    Is anyone at the US attorney’s office paying attention here?
    Unlike Blago, Emanuel has the friends to protect him.

  5. Jeff says:

    “Unlike Blago, Emanuel has the friends to protect him.”

    That’s what George Ryan thought too.

  6. Les says:

    The guy who gave Emanuel another $10,000 is Water Commissioner Michael Alvarez who lobbies for the company. He is the buddy of Dick Mell. The apples don’t fall far from the tree. Mayor Emanuel, Lobbyist Water Commissioner and Alderman Dick MEll.

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  8. Ronald says:

    Its time for term limites, and no benifits for these politician

  9. Steve Doner says:

    May be the costliest decision he ever made. Speed cameras are fraught with problems and almost universally hated by citizens. There is also mounting evidence that both speed and red light cameras actually degrade safety. Let’s hope that voters will throw out the cameras and the man who foolishly brought them into our city.

  10. Steve Doner says:

    Baltimore has had to fire two speed camera companies, including Xerox who got the Chicago deal.

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