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Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras returns to the North Side this weekend.
The anti-traffic camera group will be holding a protest Saturday, June 14th from 11 AM to 2 PM at the intersection of Western Avenue and Addison. The location, near Lane Tech High School boasts both speed camera and red light cameras.
The TV station’s investigative reporting found that drivers of the two vehicles assigned to the mayor received 17 red light camera tickets or speed camera warnings over the past two years.
But this doesn’t bother Illinois News Online columnist Ray Hanania.
Hanania loves Mayor Emanuel and believes since he’s such a busy guy and needs to do be going from one important meeting or appearance to another he and his drivers deserve a pass.
“He’s the mayor. Voters elect him and other mayors to represent them,” says Hanania in his column. “They have to be in 100 places at one time all the time. They have very little private life and time with their families. I say give them a break.”
County State’s Attorney Stops East St. Louis “Speed Camera” Program
Speed camera enforcement is only legal in one city in Illinois–and that’s Chicago.
But that didn’t stop East St. Louis.
The city hired a private company to help them start issuing $240 camera tickets to drivers allegedly speeding in construction zones.
But now, after many complaints the St. Clair State’s Attorney stepped in and told the East St. Louis Police Department to discontinue the practice according to KDSK TV.
The Police Chief claims they are legal, but was forced to non-suit a bunch of these tickets recently because the State’s Attorney says these tickets are not being adjudicated by a judge but by an administrative law officer.
H/T: Stephen Donaldson
Palos Hills To Install New Red Light Camera
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.
Since ABC 7 caught Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s motorcade red (light) handed for racking up 17 red light or speed camera violations or warnings, the Mayor’s office has been scrambling to explain this embarrassing, hypocritical and dangerous driving behavior.
But now mayoral spokespeople are changing their tune and, seemingly misrepresenting the law.
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.
RAHM RUNS RED: See the video as the mayor's motorcade runs red lights & speeds in school zones, only on ABC7 at 10pm. pic.twitter.com/lKw8xk1xAV
— Ben Bradley (@BenBradleyABC7) May 5, 2014
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.
Lights, camera, protest!
Members of the Citizens To Abolish Red Light Cameras, were just minding their own business holding signs and protesting the red light cameras at the intersection of 95th & Ashland Avenue Saturday when a camera crew from WGN TV showed up to film the festivities.
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.
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.