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The Expired Meter does not concern itself with politics too often.
But tomorrow is November 2nd.
So we thought we would provide readers with a list of candidates running for office whom have made their opposition to red light cameras part of their political platform.
Many of these candidates are Illinois General Assembly members who co-sponsored state Senator Dan Duffy’s bill to ban all red light cameras in the state, SB2466.
Most of this list is through the courtesy of Cook County Campaign for Liberty which has been keeping track of the position of candidates on the RLC issue.
So this list is not 100% comprehensive, but it’s a pretty decent overview of politicians running for office opposed to red light cameras.
This is not an endorsement of any of the candidates below, but just an information sheet you should consult and consider before you enter that voting booth tomorrow.
Now go out and VOTE!
2 Cameras At One Intersection Out Of Commission For 1 Year
The town currently has eight intersections with RLCs.
But, starting January 1st, the village is going to take one intersection with two red light cameras, at Busse Highway & Devon, out of commission for one year according to CBS 2 News.
According to Mayor Craig Johnson, violations and accidents have declined at red light intersections in Elk Grove. Now the Mayor wants to put it to a test.
Just after the Cook County Board voted 9 to 4 to allow suburban municipalities within the county to opt out of the county’s proposed red light camera program, certain elements of the board started making noises they were going to find a way to force cameras on the towns.
Lame duck board president Todd Stroger floated the idea of threatening municipalities that wanted to opt out of the RLC program, to pay for the upkeep of the county roads and intersections where the board planned to install revenue generating cameras.
Today is the first day of National Stop on Red Week.
National Stop on Red Week is an annual event to gently remind drivers of the deadly serious importance of safely stopping your vehicle when the traffic light turns red.
This website agrees.
We feel drivers, while behind the wheel of a powerful motor vehicle, have an important responsibility to drive that several thousand pounds of metal as safely as possible.
That’s why this website will be participating in National Stop on Red Week from today until August 7th to encourage motorists to drive more safely and to stop at red lights.
Here’s the video of the story we partnered with Fox Chicago News earlier this week. The report is on our story of how UIC Professor Rajiv Shah says IDOT crash data shows Chicago’s red light cameras actually may be increasing crashes–not decreasing like the city claims.
Schaumburg Passes RLC Ban Tuesday Night
That’s what an increasing number of infuriated suburban municipalities are saying to the Cook County Board’s plan to install red light cameras in their towns last week.
Just days after the board voted 10-3 to approve contracts for two vendors to begin installing cameras at 30 intersections on county roads scattered all over suburban Cook County, more and more and municipalities are pushing back.
Tuesday evening, the Schaumburg Village Board voted unanimously to pass an ordinance prohibiting the country from erecting RLC cameras within their city limits without the town’s consent.
“We had a good relationship with the Cook County Highway Department,” explained Schaumburg trustee George Dunham. “But this thing came out of left field. It was a surprise.”
Here’s a link to the podcast if you missed it.
The Geek will join Nick around 1 AM Saturday night (Sunday morning).
We’re gonna talk about city stickers, Cook County’s new red light camera program and help Andy fight a parking ticket.
I know it’s kind of late, but tune in so you can be lulled to sleep by the Geek’s tedious dronings.
Three “thrilling” topics local mope, the Parking Ticket Geek, discusses with the handsome Mike Stephen on Outside the Loop Radio Thursday morning at 10 AM.
Stop listening to NPR or that gawd awful conservative talk radio and tune in.
6 Intersections Slated For Schaumburg, Opposition Begins
Factoring in RLC programs in the surrounding suburbs further cements this reputation.
But now Cook County is getting into the red light camera business by bringing RLCs to 30 new intersections on county roads.
The Cook County Board voted 10-3 (with two voting present) Tuesday to approve contracts for RedSpeed, Illinois of Lombard, and American Traffic Solutions based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 30 intersections are divided evenly between the two RLC providers.
The vote to approve a contract to an Arizona based company raised eyebrows as it came literally minutes after the board voted 10-6 to approve a county wide boycott of doing business with Arizona companies.
However, one suburban town in particular that seems to be bearing the brunt of the RLC intersection assignments is Schaumburg.
When you drive in Chicago, America’s red light camera capital, protection is what you need to do to insure you don’t get bitch slapped with a $100 red light camera ticket.
That’s the idea behind a niche category of electronic devices which alert drivers to red light camera intersections as they drive.
These relatively inexpensive devices utilize GPS and specialty point of interest (POI) databases to give drivers a heads up when RLC intersections are approaching, so you can slow down safely and stop before the light changes.
One of these devices is the GPS Angel.