Red-light cams in Chicago
Read ongoing Tribune reports on the city's controversial and scandal-ridden red-light camera program.
October 26, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration announced Friday that it has reached an agreement to replace the city's troubled red light camera operator that has been embroiled in a federal bribery investigation at City Hall.
9:29 PM CDT, October 11, 2013
Chicago's first speed cameras at just four locations issued warnings to more than 233,000 speeders in 45 days, violations that would have totaled $13.8 million in tickets, according to data released by the city today.
October 2, 2013
Just as the city gets ready to start issuing tickets of up to $100 for drivers caught by the first of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's automated speed cameras, his office announced Tuesday that controversial red light cameras will be removed from 18 intersections.
12:05 AM CDT, August 14, 2013
A traffic camera company that lost its Baltimore contract earlier this year after acknowledging that its faulty equipment resulted in thousands of erroneous speeding tickets was named Tuesday as the preferred bidder to take over Chicago's scandal-ridden red light camera program.
6:09 AM CDT, August 12, 2013
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel rolls out his long-delayed speed camera plan, new numbers his office released suggest that drivers who speed in Chicago could rack up way more in fines than a cash-starved City Hall initially projected.
11:49 PM CDT, August 9, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new speed cameras will start spitting out warning tickets to disobedient motorists near four city parks next week, with at least eight more locations to be added in September.
7:01 AM CDT, May 8, 2013
Chicago's divorce with Redflex Traffic Systems is getting messy.
11:51 PM CDT, April 11, 2013
Seeking to reverse their fortunes amid a debilitating Chicago corruption scandal, top executives of Redflex Traffic Systems flew to Florida for a personal pitch to local officials having second thoughts about giving the company a major contract for a red-light camera system.
March 29, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday that he believes his administration does not need to halt implementation of a speed camera program in light of a federal bribery investigation centering on a former city employee who went on to work for an organization that lobbied for speed cameras in Illinois.
February 9, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration dumped the city's longtime red-light camera vendor Friday following a Tribune report about new allegations that the company gave lavish sporting trips to a former city official and then lied about it to City Hall.
12:01 AM CDT, March 13, 2012
When Rahm Emanuel was a first-time candidate for Congress, Greg Goldner was behind him, quietly marshaling the patronage troops that helped get him elected. When Emanuel ran for mayor, Goldner was there again, doling out campaign cash to elect Emanuel-friendly aldermen to City Council.
12:01 AM CDT, March 14, 2012
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was frustrated that doubters of his controversial speed-camera plan were ignoring a city study he said offered compelling proof of the life-saving impact of camera technology.
February 12, 2012
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has refused for months to release public records that could shed light on his controversial speed camera plan while he persuaded state lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn to turn it into law.
12:48 AM CDT, March 16, 2013
The first evidence of a federal criminal probe into Chicago's red-light camera program is focusing attention on bribery allegations at City Hall just as Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to launch his controversial speed camera initiative.
11:03 PM CST, March 2, 2013
Chicago's embattled red light camera firm went to City Hall on Friday in its latest effort to come clean, acknowledging for the first time that its entire program here was likely built on a $2 million bribery scheme.
March 25, 2013
Top officials in Mayor Richard M. Daley's administration were warned six years ago about preferential treatment in Chicago's red-light camera contract, a deal now embroiled in a federal corruption investigation of an alleged $2 million bribery scheme at City Hall.
March 15, 2013
When a red-light camera executive warned his bosses of an alleged bribery scheme in Chicago so serious it would "take down the contract and most likely the company," the corporate chiefs turned to the national law firm Quarles & Brady for help.
12:50 AM CDT, March 16, 2013
Federal authorities have launched a criminal probe of bribery allegations in Chicago's red-light camera program, issuing a subpoena for financial records of the former city official at the center of the escalating international scandal.
12:45 AM CST, March 2, 2013
The president, chief financial officer and top lawyer for Chicago's red light camera company resigned this week amid an escalating corruption scandal that has cost Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. its lucrative, decadelong relationship with the city.
4:36 PM CDT, March 13, 2013
The chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee today called for hearings into allegations that Chicago’s red-light camera contract was likely built on a $2 million bribery scheme.
March 13, 2012
Read the Tribune story that first raised questions about the ethics of Chicago's red-light camera vendor, Reflex.
October 14, 2012
Ties between ex-city official, contractor questioned; payment of $910 hotel tab also at issue.
October 17, 2012
Accusing Chicago's red-light camera vendor of covering up a 2-year-old breach of ethics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office threw out the company's bid for a new speed camera contract.
October 18, 2012
The former city official now at the center of an ethics investigation into the city's red-light camera program was appointed last year to a part-time job on an obscure Cook County panel.
October 22, 2012
A consultant for Chicago's embattled red-light camera vendor is tied to another company deal investigated in an ongoing federal corruption probe in Louisiana.
November 13, 2012
Chicago's inspector general has issued a subpoena for records to the bidders who lost the city's 2007 red-light camera competition to Redflex Traffic Systems Inc.
January 11, 2013
Chicago's embattled red-light camera operator got a six-month extension on its expiring contract while Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration searches for a new vendor.
3:45 PM CST, February 8, 2013
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today he will axe the city’s embattled red-light camera vendor when its contract expires in July, citing new investigative findings that the company gave thousands of dollars in free trips to the former city official who oversaw the decade-long program.
9:31 AM CST, February 22, 2013
Embattled red-light camera vendor Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. fired its executive vice president Wednesday and accused him of misconduct involving the company's scandal-plagued Chicago contract.
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