Red-light cams in Chicago

Red-light cams in Chicago

Read ongoing Tribune reports on the city's controversial and scandal-ridden red-light camera program.

 Chicago OKs deal with new red light camera vendor

October 26, 2013

Chicago OKs deal with new red light camera vendor

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.

Emanuel speed cameras may bring in more revenue than expected

9:29 PM CDT, October 11, 2013

Emanuel speed cameras may bring in more revenue than expected

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.

Emanuel pulls handful of red light cameras as speeding tickets start

October 2, 2013

Emanuel pulls handful of red light cameras as speeding tickets start

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.

Xerox picked for red light camera program

12:05 AM CDT, August 14, 2013

Xerox picked for red light camera program

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.

Speeders were plentiful in camera test run

6:09 AM CDT, August 12, 2013

Speeders were plentiful in camera test run

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.

City's new speed cameras ready to roll

11:49 PM CDT, August 9, 2013

City's new speed cameras ready to roll

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.

Chicago and red light vendor: Breaking up is hard to do

7:01 AM CDT, May 8, 2013

Chicago and red light vendor: Breaking up is hard to do

Chicago's divorce with Redflex Traffic Systems is getting messy.

Redflex losing contract bids amid Chicago scandal

11:51 PM CDT, April 11, 2013

Redflex losing contract bids amid Chicago scandal

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

Emanuel says speed camera program will proceed

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.

 Emanuel cuts cord with besieged red-light camera firm

February 9, 2013

Emanuel cuts cord with besieged red-light camera firm

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.

Mayor's speed cameras would help political ally

12:01 AM CDT, March 13, 2012

Mayor's speed cameras would help political ally

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.

Mayor's speed camera stats sketchy

12:01 AM CDT, March 14, 2012

Mayor's speed camera stats sketchy

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.

Emanuel withholds most records detailing push for speed cameras

February 12, 2012

Emanuel withholds most records detailing push for speed cameras

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.

Federal Redflex probe casts speed camera initiative in an unfavorable light

12:48 AM CDT, March 16, 2013

Federal Redflex probe casts speed camera initiative in an unfavorable light

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.

Red light camera firm admits it likely bribed Chicago official

11:03 PM CST, March 2, 2013

Red light camera firm admits it likely bribed Chicago official

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.

Warnings about Redflex go back years

March 25, 2013

Warnings about Redflex go back years

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.

First Redflex internal probe 'clearly inadequate'

March 15, 2013

First Redflex internal probe 'clearly inadequate'

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.

Probe deepens as U.S. attorney subpoenas ex-city official

12:50 AM CDT, March 16, 2013

Probe deepens as U.S. attorney subpoenas ex-city official

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.

3 more Redflex execs out as fallout continues for city's red light camera firm

12:45 AM CST, March 2, 2013

3 more Redflex execs out as fallout continues

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.

Ald. Burke calls for hearings on Redflex bribery questions

4:36 PM CDT, March 13, 2013

Ald. Burke calls for hearings on Redflex bribery questions

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

Mayor's speed cameras would help political ally

Read the Tribune story that first raised questions about the ethics of Chicago's red-light camera vendor, Reflex.

October 14, 2012

City red-light camera vendor under scrutiny

Ties between ex-city official, contractor questioned; payment of $910 hotel tab also at issue.

October 17, 2012

City axes speed camera firm's bid

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

Ex-city official in red-light camera probe now in county post

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

Redflex consultant also has ties to controversy in Louisiana

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

Inspector general subpoena in red-light camera probe

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

Red-light camera firm gets 6-month reprieve

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.

City dropping red-light camera firm as probe heats up

3:45 PM CST, February 8, 2013

City dropping red-light camera firm as probe heats up

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.

Red-light camera firm fires VP, sues him over Chicago scandal

9:31 AM CST, February 22, 2013

Red-light camera firm fires VP, sues him over Chicago scandal

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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