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Category Archives: Speed Cameras

New Speed Cameras Coming to 13 Locations Across the City

Contractors bring in the electrical power for a new speed camera near Irving Park and Clark Street.

Contractors bring in the electrical power for a new speed camera near Irving Park and Clark Street.

Slow down drivers: More speed cameras are scheduled to go in across the city soon, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

The city announced late last week the locations of 12 new camera locations around schools and parks in six area of the city over the next few months.

A 13th location near Calumet Park, in the 3500 block of East 95th Street, was announced last month. The camera was installed in late June and began its 30-day warning period on June 30.

Group Asks Aldermanic Candidates To Sign Anti-Camera Pledge

Red Light Camera Pledge

With city elections on the horizon for 2015, one local group is asking candidates for Chicago alderman to sign a pledge to vote for repealing the city’s red light and speed camera programs if they get elected.

Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras announced its new candidate pledge this week as part of their ongoing campaign to inform drivers about the cameras and voters about which aldermen voted for the city’s speed camera program.

“Red light cameras and speed cameras are unsafe, unfair and unconstitutional” said Mark Wallace, Director of the group. “As we continue our campaign to protest Aldermen who voted in favor of Chicago’s speed camera ordinance, we also want to recognize those elected officials who are championing our cause to ban the cams in Chicago,” said Wallace.

Red Light, Speed Cam Protest Gets Loud Response From Drivers

Jeff Black (foreground) and Scott Davis (background) pass out fliers attacking Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) for supporting speed cameras.

Jeff Black (foreground) and Scott Davis (background) pass out fliers attacking Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) for supporting speed cameras.

Manned with signs and fliers on all four corners of the intersection of Clark St. and Irving Park Rd., approximately 15 protestors opposed to red light and speed camera enforcement elicited loud and positive responses Saturday afternoon from supportive drivers.

Only one person riding a Divvy bike expressed opposition shouting at the protestors to “just obey the law.”

This was just the most recent stop on the citywide tour of a joint protests being held by Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and Cook County Campaign for Liberty.

Cars and trucks stopped or passing through the Northside intersection near Wrigley Field honked and yelled out their support for the protestors.

That particular intersection is home to both a red light camera and a speed camera located a half block east on Irving Park.

Anti-Camera Groups To Protest Dog Park Speed Cameras Saturday

The speed camera in the 1100 block of W. Irving Park.

The speed camera in the 1100 block of W. Irving Park.

Anti-red light/speed camera groups will be on the North Side Saturday to protest the city’s traffic camera policies–and in particular bring attention to a speed camera that protects dogs and not children.

Members of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and Cook County Campaign for Liberty will be protesting at the intersection of Clark St. and Irving Park Road between 11 AM and 2 PM.

This location has both a red light camera and a nearby speed camera just east on Irving Park Rd. which is situated between two cemeteries and near the entrance to a dog park.

The speed camera there is within 1/8th of a mile from the entrance to Challenger Park, but park is actually a dog run and is 3/8ths of a mile of parking lot from Irving Park Rd.

ABC 7 Catches Cook County President Preckwinkle’s Motorcade Piling Up Speed Camera Tickets

First it was Mayor Emanuel. Now it’s Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Two weeks ago, ABC 7 reporter Ben Bradley ran the license plates on the Mayor’s motorcade and found out those two vehicles had racked up 17 red light camera tickets and/or speed camera warnings.

Monday night, Bradley had Preckwinkle in his sights. Or at least the vehicle which drivers her around.

Anti-Camera Group To Hold Northside Protest Saturday

Red light  camera protest signChicago’s red light camera program has been the focus of a lot of attention the past few weeks.

ABC 7 did an expose of the driving habits of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s motorcade racking up 17 red light camera violations or speed camera warnings over the past few years. Then this week, the U.S. Attorney indicted the former Chicago Department of Transportation manager who oversaw the city’s red light camera program for bribery.

Now this Saturday, Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and Cook County Campaign for Liberty will be holding an anti-camera enforcement protest in Lincoln Park at the busy intersection of Fullerton & Ashland.

This particular Northside intersection is one of a handful citywide which boasts both red light camera and speed camera enforcement nearby.

Mayoral Motorcade Caught On Cams Running Red Lights, Speeding

Back in 2011, Mayor Rahm Emanuel stepped up to a podium at a press conference at the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) and spoke eloquently about how cars in Chicago were being driven too fast and endangering the lives of children.

It was time to do something.

And that something was to create Chicago’s speed camera enforcement program.

Now, in the two and a half years since he gave that speech explaining that motorists need to drive more responsibly and safely, ABC 7 News has caught the Mayor’s two car detail of vehicles has racked up nearly twenty red light camera and speed camera violations.

ABC 7′s Bed Bradley reports:

ABC 7 At 10: Mayor’s Car Getting Red Light, Speed Cam Violations

Tonight at 10 PM, ABC 7′s Ben Bradley reports on what seems to be a double standard in vehicular behavior.

ABC 7 has dug up documentation that the two vehicles which drive Mayor Rahm Emanuel around town have been receiving multiple red light camera violations and a handful of speed camera warnings.

Tune in at 10 PM on ABC 7 and also catch a cameo by that goof the Parking Ticket Geek.

Anti-Camera Protest Comes To South Side Saturday

21st Ward alderman Howard Brookins is the target of a group opposed to his support of speed cameras.

21st Ward alderman Howard Brookins is the target of a group opposed to his support of speed cameras.

The target?

Howard Brookins, Alderman of the 21st Ward.

Brookins is the focus of this Saturday, Mary 3rd’s protest against speed cameras and red light cameras at 95th and Ashland Avenue from 11 AM – 2 PM by a group opposed to this type of automated traffic enforcement.

The Citzens to Abolish Red Light Cameras–a group opposed to the cameras is using the speed camera location to bring attention to the fact that Brookins voted in support of the city’s speed cam program in 2012.

This is the third of many such protests planned by the group ahead of next year’s city elections. Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras is planning protests in the wards of city council members who supported the speed camera program and passing out fliers to remind voters of these alderman’s position on the issue.

Find out more information and RSVP for the event at their Facebook page or check out the group’s website.

Anti-Speed, Red Light Camera Groups Plan Saturday Protest

Two anti-speed camera protestors wave to supportive drivers Saturday on Foster Avenue adjacent to Gompers Park.

Two anti-speed camera protestors wave to supportive drivers on Foster Avenue adjacent to Gompers Park at a similar protest last year.

Two anti-camera enforcement groups will be targeting 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett at a protest this Saturday, April 19th.

Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras and Cook County Campaign for Liberty will be near Union Park on the city’s near West Side from 11 AM to 2 PM with signs, fliers and manpower to remind drivers of Burnett’s part in passing Chicago’s speed camera ordinance in 2012.

“Now is the time to take action and inform the VOTERS of Chicago about what their elected officials are doing when they are not watching,” group officials say via e-mail. “It’s time to Ban The Cams!”

Burnett was a yes vote for installing speed cameras near parks and schools.