FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Calling them but a “tool in the toolbox of those corrupting local governments in Illinois,” State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) joined a bipartisan majority in the Illinois House on February 26 in banning red light cameras in hon-home rule units of government.
“I hope this is a step toward a full ban of red-light cameras in all communities in Illinois,” said Chesney. “These devices and the companies that profit from them are fully entrenched in the corruption encircling Illinois Democrats in the Chicago-area,” Chesney alleged.
“Instead of improving public safety, these devices are rife with inaccuracies and disproportionately target those who can least afford them. As federal investigators are finding evidence of undue influence exerted on self-dealing public officials, including outright bribery, it’s time for this failed experiment to finally come to an end,” Chesney chided.
House Bill 322 would ban red light cameras in 45 of the 101 communities in the state and would force those communities to remove their cameras effective January 1, 2021. Failing to persuade Chicago-area legislators to fully ban the devices statewide, the Chief Sponsor of the bill, Rep. David McSweeney (R-Cary) pivoted to incrementalism, agreeing to a proposal to remove about half the cameras. Legislation pending in the Illinois Senate, Senate Bill 2902, would enact a full statewide ban on red light cameras.
Chesney said he supports a full ban as well and hopes Speaker Madigan will allow legislation to be heard in the Chamber to fully ban re light cameras in Illinois soon.