Chicago Announces 50 Speed Camera Locations

A truck mounted crane lifts one of the city's first speed cameras off a flatbed truck to be installed on Pulaski at Foster Monday morning.

The Chicago Department of Transportation released a list today of 50 speed camera enforcement locations which are slated to be installed by the end of this year.

The city’s Children’s Safety Zone Program allows for speed cameras to be installed within 1/8 of a mile of a school or park. 28 of these initial 50 locations are being installed around parks with 22 locations going in around grammar or high schools. The program, if full implemented could have speed cameras at approximately 350 locations across the city.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein believe the speed cameras will convince drivers to slow down, obey the speed limit and ultimately reduce crashes and improve traffic safety, while critics believe the cameras are primarily to generate revenue.

“The Children’s Safety Zone Program protects children and other pedestrians by reminding motorists to slow down and obey speed laws – particularly in school and park zones,” said Gabe Klein Friday via press release.

Drivers caught by the cameras going 6-10 mph over the limit will get a $35 violation notice in the mail, while those exceeding the speed limit by 11 or more will be fined $100.

Enforcement hours around schools will be between 7 AM and 7 PM Monday through Friday, while parks will be enforced by the cameras from 6 AM to 11 PM seven days a week.

The city is expecting to generate between $15 to $20 million from the cameras in just the last four months of 2013. Most studies of early or earlier speeding data, including a study done by The Expired Meter, estimate Chicago could generate tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars in fines each year.

The city says revenue from speed cameras will be used to fund after school programs, anti-violence and jobs programs and pay for crossing guards and police officers around schools as well as funding the installation of infrastructure improvements, such as signs and crosswalk markings.

The first speed camera was installed near Gompers Park
in the Mayfair neighborhood several weeks ago. On Monday the two cameras began the 30-day period where warning notices would be issued to speeding drivers.

Speed cameras have been installed at three other parks including McKinley, Marquette and Garfield Parks, which are currently going through testing. Cameras at those three locations will begin issuing warnings to drivers early next week according to CDOT.

Here’s the city’s full list:

  • Abbott Park, 49 E. 95th St.
  • Bogan Tech High School, 3939 W. 79th St.
  • Burr Elementary School, 1621 W. Wabansia Ave.
  • Challenger Park, 1100 W. Irving Park Rd.
  • Chicago Agricultural High School, 3807 W. 111th St.
  • Christopher Elementary School, 5042 S. Artesian Ave.
  • Columbus Park, 500 S. Central Ave.
  • Curie High School, 4959 S. Archer Ave.
  • Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Ave.
  • Frances Xavier Warde School, 751 N. State St.
  • Gage Park, 2415 W. 55th St.
  • Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Dr.
  • Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave.
  • Hancock Elementary School, 4034 W. 56th St.
  • Harvard Elementary School, 7525 S. Harvard Ave.
  • Horan Park, 3035 W. Van Buren St.
  • Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Ave.
  • Humboldt Park, 1400 N. Humboldt Dr.
  • Icci Academy, 6435 W. Belmont Ave.
  • Jefferson Park, 4822 N. Long Ave.
  • Jones High School, 606 S. State St.
  • Lane Tech High School, 2501 W. Addison St.
  • Legion Park, 3100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
  • Lorca Elementary School, 3231 N. Springfield Ave.
  • Major Taylor Park, 970 W. 115th St.
  • Marquette Park, 6734 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • McGuane Park, 2901 S. Poplar Ave.
  • McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd.
  • Merrimac Park, 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.
  • Morgan Park High School, 1744 W. Pryor Ave.
  • Ogden Park, 429 N. Columbus Dr.
  • Orr High School, 730 N. Pulaski Rd.
  • Park 499, 3925 E. 104th St.
  • Parsons Park, 4701 W. Belmont Ave.
  • Pickard Elementary School, 2301 W. 21St Pl.
  • Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.
  • Prosser Vocational High School, 2148 N. Long Ave.
  • Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.
  • Roberto Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Ave.
  • Rosenblum Park, 2000 E. 75th St.
  • Sauganash Elementary School, 6040 N. Kilpatrick Ave.
  • Schaefer Park, 2415 N. Marshfield Ave.
  • Senn Park, 5887 N. Ridge Ave.
  • Sherman Park, 1307 W. 52nd St.
  • St. Genevieve School, 4854 W. Montana St.
  • St. Rita High School, 7740 S. Western Ave.
  • Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.
  • Warren Elementary School, 9239 S. Jeffery Ave.
  • Washington Park, 5531 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
  • Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

50 Responses to Chicago Announces 50 Speed Camera Locations

  1. Bob says:

    Challenger Park? It’s a Cubs parking lot and a park one block north of Irving Park. Very little pedestrian traffic or kids playin’ around there. But lots of cars going way fast on Irving between Clark and Sheridan due to the long stretch of cemeteries with no access.

    That’ll be a big earner I predict.

  2. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Bob,

    I drive that stretch of Irving Park almost daily. You are absolutely right as far as a big earning location.

    As far as safety? There’s no safety issues along that stretch of Irving Park. Geez.

  3. B says:

    Commenting on the same location there are no school zones on IPR that I remember. Guess there will be one shortly. And as I thought, it is the section through the cemetery. That is a section where everyone speeds up. Even on a bicycle that’s a stretch where good speed can be achieved. I’ve done it on multiple occasions.

  4. nick says:

    Glad to not see the streets I typically drive not on this list….for now at least

  5. Pete says:

    “The Children’s Safety Zone Program” – how can this douche say that with a straight face? It should be called something far more truthful, like “Rahm’s Cash Grab” or “Gabe’s War on Cars”.

    If anyone thinks these cameras are in any way meant to address safety concerns, please post your email address so I can tell you all about the great deal I can get you on some oceanfront property in Kansas.

  6. Speed cams on LSD? Of course Ram and Gabe were fishing on Lake Michigan and declared “There’s schools of fish”!

  7. Mike says:

    Rahm gfy. I blame the state legislature for allowing the changes to the law.

  8. Lon says:

    I am looking at the sites and these are not places where kids are crossing for school or parks. This is just Rahm stealing more and more. Every inch of space is monitored. CDOT has become a joke under Gaby Klein and his boss Rahm.

  9. nonya says:

    The one that jumps out to me is Schaefer Park. It’s a little playlot just north of Fullerton/Ashland/Clybourn in the neighborhood. There’s little to no residential between Fullerton and the river, so mostly the park is for the people who live between Clybourn and Ashland where the park is. ie, not going to be many people crossing one of those major streets to get to the park. The park isn’t on any of the major streets either, so it’s not like a kid is going to wander out of the park onto Fullerton. But since it’s a park, people going on any of those 3 streets can get nailed all the way up to 11PM.

    I also note that they’re using Senn Park, not Senn HS (though Senn HS’s address is listed, the park is a block north, not on Ridge), because using the park means longer hours of enforcement. I was surprised for a bit they used Lane Tech instead of Clark Park (along the river just west of Lane), but then realized Clark is more than 1/4 mile from Western, which is the real goal of using Lane.

  10. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Lon, Nonya, etal.

    So far, without doing indepth research, it seems the common denominator for these speed cam spots are roadways which are wide, open, with low traffic and engineered in such a way that it’s easy for drivers to pick up speed. The other common denominator seems to be low pedestrian traffic–in other words, there’s no true safety concern.

    Or to sum it up, revenue under the guise of “safety.”

  11. Mike says:

    I hope the lawyers are already coming up possible lawsuits. This is confusing to me (fine call me a dummy). However, putting all that info on a road sign and expecting an out of towner to accurately understand it while traveling in a car is preposterous.

  12. Greg says:

    Also notice that the majority of these locations are south, southwest, or west side. Very few on the north or northwest side, in comparison.

  13. Crklaus says:

    The Humboldt Blvd camera should be @ Bloomingdale, where it’s four lane, not two.

  14. Terry says:

    The one on 429 N Columbus is listed as Ogden Park, it`s a plaza not a park. Maybe we`ll get one on Lower Wacker to protect the children playing down there.

  15. Kevin says:

    Most laws in Chicago have hidden language. Under the current Red Light Camera law CTA bus drivers do not pay for offences while driving a bus. Has anyone checked to see if this will be the case with speed cameras?

  16. Drew says:

    Kevin, they pay.

    And they are also at risk for suspension for those tickets.

    Why else do you never see buses run the light at 400 West Belmont or Clark and Fyllerton or Damen and Diversey?

  17. Kevin says:

    Drew Various news shops in town have done stories over the years disputing your claim. There were union grievances filed and the tickets never paid. If I am wrong then the policy in these situations has changed.

  18. saucexx says:

    Greg,

    Nice catch. My thought is Rahm doesn’t want to alienate the only area of the City where he still enjoys strong support. Wait till after the election. If he wins, look for the North side to pay dearly. And quite frankly it will serve them right.

    27 of 50 locations are parks, most of which don’t have a school in site. That means longer hours of enforcement, more days during the week and less issues with getting kids in the pictures to enforce the 20mph rule. IMO so many schools already have speed bumps, cul de sacs and other ways to slow down drivers, speed cameras wouldn’t be effective anyway. This might have been the plan all along, use the parks to rape drivers.

    To call this a “Children’s Safety Zone Program” is complete nonsense. If our smug arrogant jerk of a Mayor had any shame he’d take that other idiot Gabe Klein with him and get outta dodge. Instead he uses Children as human shields for all his harebrained and destructive ideas while the rest of us have to suffer for it. As you’ve all so rightly pointed out this is purely about generating revenue, nothing more.

    Shame on Quinn and all the other politicians who signed off on this ruse. None of you will be getting a vote from me or any of my household in the next election.

  19. nonya says:

    Geek – definitely yes on the wide fast roads part. Not all are low traffic, but at least low traffic some of the time. Both I mentioned, Clark/Ridge and Ashland/Fullteron/Clybourn, get pretty bad in rush hour, but not midday or later at night. Since the city used parks, they can enforce later and get plenty of people.

  20. Can we say “slush fund” without winki-winking??

    The city says revenue from speed cameras will be used to FUND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, ANTI-VIOLENCE AND JOBS PROGRAMS, and PAY FOR CROSSING GUARDS and police officers around schools as well as FUNDING THE INSTALLATION OF INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS, such as signs and crosswalk markings.

    I think we need to be absolutely clear where this income will be spent. As it stands there is way too much potential for corporate theft. Many of these potential payees do not need another source of income. After-school programs?? I infrastructure improvements?? Oh, PLEASE!!Only programs related to creating and training better drivers is where the attention should be focused.

    As planned this will be a slush fund bonanza with no accountability.

    No thanks.

  21. Greg says:

    If its really about safety for kids, the fact that there are very few on the north side must mean that the safety of kids on the north side is far less important, right?

  22. Artie says:

    Do these cameras set off radar detectors? If not,then this is just a grab for money. Signals that would set off radar detectors would slow people down. Drivers that ignore it should be ticketed.

  23. B says:

    Parents on the north side have more resources (money and friends) to fight. That’s what it means.

    Photo enforcement has long targeted poorer people over richer people when a city has the choice. The poor people can’t put up the same sort of fight.

  24. Mike says:

    I entirley disagree with B’s statement. When RLCs came here, they were mostly in nicer areas probably because those residents would pay. As time went on, they popped up everywhere. The north side may get less not because of race or poverty stats. They may get less because there’s more traffic on the north side which reduces speeds which would ultimately reduce the number of tickets. Ask anyone whose been on the north side and south side. South side streets are generally wider and run better thus a better potential for tickets. The south side has/had more industry which required bigger roads where it’s easier to move and speed.

  25. Greg says:

    Whatever the reasons, the number of cameras in each location is grossly and obviously out of whack. If it really was about safety, they would be evenly distributed.

    But let’s be blunt here. It sure seems obvious that either A) They think they can make more money on the south, west, and southwest sides, or B) They think more African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to break laws, or C) a combination of both.

  26. Pizza Guy says:

    I hope everyone understands that their pizza delivery times will be slowed a bit with this new obstacle.

  27. Drew says:

    C….all day long, C.

    But just wait…there will be Speed Cameras up around the North and NW wards..because we all know that the Yuppis and City Employees that live up on that side of town can’t drive legally for shit.

    And I’d bet there is someone at OEMC or CDOT that is working on a softward update that will allow the speed cameras to issue a ticket if you’re on your cell phone.

  28. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Artie,

    We don’t know if the radar being used by these speed cams trigger radar detectors.

    Our plan is to test them out soon and report back. Stay tuned!!!

  29. B says:

    Mike, the current RLC map shows neighborhoods like lincoln park with lower densities of RLCs. Most are between I90 and I290. East of I90 and north of zero has far fewer. The south side while not at a remarkable density due to geographical size has arterials well covered.

    There is bias of tickets issued by cops that has been shown repeatedly, however I cannot find a repeat of such a study with automated enforcement. I would not be surprised if it repeats itself due to locations of the RLCs. The NAACP fights red light cameras from time to time it appears. Odd subject for them…

    What comes first is pretty irrelevant. A city government will always place a few token devices of any sort to avoid being called biased. Doing it first improves the image, but what matters is how things turn out in the end.

  30. Billy says:

    Wah wah wah! It’s about money, not safety! Waaah! Here’s the solution; DON’T SPEED! It’s not difficult, fools! Newsflash – Your city is broke and needs money. If they can get some, because you people can’t lay off the gas pedal, that’s your problem, and no one else’s.

  31. Mike says:

    Billy, our speeds are artificially low. Controlling a car to only go 20 mph is very difficult. At 26 mph, the ticket threshold is very low. What’s the difference between 20 and 26 mph on a gas pedal? 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch? Not to mention, the fear of speeding up to make a green or yellow light to not get an RLC ticket. Now you may beat the RLC ticket but get caught speeding at 26 in a 20. That’s a speed trap. That’s greed on Rahm’s part. He’s the one who lobbied the state and city council for these things.

  32. Jeff says:

    Every single speed camera ticket is a vote against Tiny Dancer in the next election. The camera at Challenger Park (1100 West Irving) seems designed solely for revenue. Now that the Rahmfather has engineered more Cubs night games, that camera will be the biggest moneymaker in the whole system.

  33. Pete says:

    The vast majority of speed cameras, no surprise, are located in WORKING CLASS neighborhoods. The population group Rahm is trying the hardest to drive out of the city. Why? They can’t be exploited for votes like the welfare class, and they don’t donate to his campaign like the wealthy, so they are of no use to him. All they do is form civic groups that often oppose his plans (like the Save Ashland Coalition) so he wants them gone.

    I called it from the beginning: when I saw the speed camera bill I knew that every landscaped plaza or square of grass in the city would be defined as a “park” for camera purposes and every place having anything to do with kids learning (CPS maintenance buildings, closed-down schools, house where a kid is home-schooled) will be defined as a school zone with a camera at the busiest road within 1/8 mile. Its ALL about the money.

  34. Mike says:

    I hate these things and they’re not even sending tics yet. I hope and pray that there’s a special place in hell for horrible politicians, especially the ones here. When will these cameras finally be found unconstitutional here? How hard is it to understand that tickets should written by an actual officer and handed to the motorist (who may or may not be the registered owner).

  35. Mark says:

    Time to wake up and start working to get this guy out of office.

  36. emyofparkingnazis says:

    Why dont people make a clear statement and smash down these cameras faster than they can put them up?

  37. Artie says:
    August 31, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Do these cameras set off radar detectors?

    Radar triggers the camera.

  38. Ferny says:

    If the speed cameras are for schools and children, why are they not ONLY on AT school hours and when CHILDREN are actually present. The city is doing what they can to make money to do other things and needs to be stopped.

  39. Chris says:

    I won’t be surprised to hear these things will get vandalized at night :)

  40. RegularGuy55 says:

    I got ‘flashed’ this past Friday evening (10/24) at 8pm on Ogden Avenue at Douglas Park. At that time of night, the only people protected by these cameras are the pimps, the drug dealers, and the gang-bangers.

    The multiple flashes in your face at night could be dangerous. A passenger in my car ducked, thinking the speed camera flashes were actually muzzle flashes from a gun – this IS Chicago, after all.

    Even worse, it’s listening to lying politicians telling us that ‘it’s not about the money, it’s about safety.’ If that’s true, Rahm, then DONATE the net proceed profits from the cameras to CHARITY.

  41. Chicagoans need to mobilize and follow this example under cover of night:

    http://youtu.be/T43LtGNFLPw

    Or go on a citywide paintball tournament using the cameras as targets.

    Except here, we can wear bat cowls or “V for Vendetta” masks and use big Sharpies to mark a special greeting on the boxes that say FUCK RAHM.

  42. P.S. if it were about safety, Mayor A-Hole could have just as easily has speed bumps put on those streets. Much cheaper for the city to install.

    I’m hoping someone steps up to challenge him next election and make him a one termer. But I’m not holding my breath. Who could possibly raise a matching war chest?

  43. Matt says:

    I got flashed last night going to a friends kids b ball game at north pack college. I almost went off the road… It was very distracting. I grew up in that area and mow live in the burbs. Between taxes parking etc,, I try to avoid the city however this is another example of making city life unlivable under the always in your pocket politicians. I’m going to fight this every step to burn up more city resources and stay far away from Chicago and it bs fees and overhead. Avoid Chicago!

  44. Abe says:

    To Whom it May Concern,

    I received a letter claiming I committed a violation of a speeding law on (fill in date). As per the instructions, I am writing to plead ‘not guilty’ to this charge. Although this option is said to result in this matter going to court; it is my suggestion that the charges simply be dropped. This suggestion comes out of respect for tax payers, and my request that their hard earned money not be wasted in such proceedings. As there is no evidence of my involvement with this alleged ‘crime’, as well as the fact that I am not granted my 4th amendment right to face my ‘accuser’ (a camera); I see no way the government could prove my guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. I also see find no legal requirement for me to implicate someone else in this process, as it is the government’s responsibility to prove a person’s guilt. It is also my 5th amendment right to remain silent on the matter.

    If it is the government’s decision to move forward in this matter, I would request copies of any evidence the prosecution may have of my involvement in the “offense”; as well as, all maintenance records for the camera(s) involved.

    Sincerely,
    FUCK OFF CHICAGO

  45. Sam says:

    What about the safety hazard for the drivers who
    Have to constantly lookout for the cameras, distracting from
    The road. In my opinion, best thing to do is not
    Re-elect this mayor and your alderman. It is time for a
    Change. If you can, move out of the city or even the state.
    America is a great country with beautiful places and people.
    Why deal with this headache?

  46. Anon says:

    If you are not a City Employee….And you don’t live in or drive in Chicago often..

    Don’t Pay the RLC tickets or Speed Camera tickets.

    They are decriminalized and result in No Points nor a Bench Warrant from the CPD.

    All they can due is Attempt to Collect via Arnold Scott or someone else after your Hearty FU.

  47. Brian says:

    people are posting the locations on WASE

    Get on board…

  48. Brian says:

    There are three of these on Fullerton between Cicero and Narraganset, two on either side of prosser high school.

    People were flying past me and flashes were going off the whole drive.

    These things are so obnoxious, and the areas so poorly marked, I will be avoiding Chicago like THE PLAGUE…

  49. Kyle W. says:

    Let’s just say I was working for a alderman, on the transport committee no less, when the Bill was introduced for a vote in his committee. 40 minutes before the vote they had a meeting with the city’s IT head and Rahm’s aides. Those people were absolutely giddy at not just the “safety applications” but also the money. What scared him from the meeting, and mind you this is 30 minutes before a vote authorizing this is that, they presented to him how these “speed cameras” can do so much more such as facial recognition and 24 hour camera presence. Let’s just say my alderman was floored and shocked that this was even being considered. Equally scary was the RFP (contract) was to be made by the company that won the bid. Because as the city officials stated to him… “we’re not experts in this they are”. So he called the city’s IT guy useless as the company would literally write their own contract and charge the city. Oh yeah and as for the questions about who has all that data and where it goes to if we get “security cameras” …ummm yeah no one had any idea or thought that far ahead yet.

    Many of you may think this is conspiracy theories or I’m lying here but just be aware Chicago is and has been proven to be the city with the most cameras in the world. Also the “north side alderman i work for” is on the board and was quite horrified by all of this. Not that it matters, Rahm thinks he is the new Daley but unfortunately for us in Chicago, he doesn’t love the city as much as the old family did. Instead he loves the power and the cash cow kingdom he can rule. This can be a stepping stone for higher office for him….but why deal with compromise when you can be king of your own city-state. There are no good candidates in the future because of the racial divisions in this city. White, Hispanic and Black. Each community puts up their own racial candidate that is not accepted by the others, so its easy for the ones in power to game the system and get underlings to dilute the votes.
    This is how things like speed cameras, RLC, and park meter sales get rammed through. But this is also the reason Chicago is quickly becoming like Detroit. There is a serious flight of the middle class to the suburbs. Chicago in the last census lost over 500K people. Suburbs grew and alot of working class Blacks also moved down to the southern states as there are more jobs. Yet Chicago offset that by the growth in the Hispanic population. Thank the open city status of the politicians here. Chicago Politicians now run Springfield also and are the main reason why our entire state is in debt and horribly mismanaged.

  50. The Parking Ticket Geek says:

    Kyle W.,

    Thank you for your comments and insight.

    As someone who seems to have inside knowledge via your position with an alderman and with your experiences at City Hall, please feel free to share more of your insights anytime here.

    And, if you want to share any possible story ideas or information which could become a story anonymously with me, please e-mail me at:

    info (at) theexpiredmeter.com

    I communicate with a lot of people anonymously (and am fiercely protective of their anonymity) and get a lot of good inside info that I can then look into.

    Thanks again.

    BTW: We’re gearing up to start doing more Driver Survivor Seminars this year. We partner up with aldermen to do a 2-hour seminar to help constituents learn how to avoid and if needed, fight parking tickets, red light tickets, speed cam tickets AND go over new driving laws, driving safety, etc.

    We’re going to announce 2 events soon. One with an alderman and another with a civic group. But, if your alderman wants to sponsor a good event to bump up their profile ahead of the 2015 elections–this is a great event.

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