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The Illinois Senate is set to hold public hearings Tuesday night on the possible removal of all red light traffic cameras from the state.

Traffic-light shutters bug you? Senate hearing to examine merit of cam tickets

by Alissa Irei
March 01, 2010

Details on Tuesday's hearing

Who: You, and the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee


Chairman: Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero)                               (217) 782-5304                

Vice-Chairman: Sen. Michael Bond (D-Grayslake)                               (217) 782-7353                

Member: Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton)                               (217) 782-5509                

Member: Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights)                               (217) 782-7419                

Member: Sen. David Koehler (D-Pekin)                               (217) 782-8250                

Member: Sen. John Sullivan (D-Quincy)                               (217) 782-2479                

Member: Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi (D-Crest Hill)                               (217) 782-8800                

Member: Sen. Larry Bomke (R-Sprinfield)                               (217) 782-0228                

Member: Sen. Gary Dahl (R-Peru)                               (217) 782-3840                

Member: Sen. John Millner (R-Bloomingdale)                               (217) 782-8192                

Member: Sen. Dale Risinger (R-Peoria)                               (217) 782-1942                


What: Senate Bill 2466, which would stop the use of most red light traffic cameras in Illinois


Where: Room 400, Capitol, Springfield


When: 6 p.m. Tuesday


Why: Open public hearing with the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee

Smile. You owe the City of Chicago $100.


Red light traffic cameras first started snapping those infamous photos in Chicago in 2003. But if a state Senate bill that is up for public discussion on Tuesday is successful, those cameras won’t be taking pictures much longer.


Lawmakers will examine the pros and cons of the cameras at a special public hearing Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Room 400 in the Capitol in Springfield. Members of the public are invited to attend.


Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, Martin Sandoval, a Democrat from Cicero, announced the plan for an open meeting on the issue two weeks ago.


Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Barrington) proposed the red light camera ban last year.


“Now is the time to speak up and speak out about red-light cameras,” Duffy said last week of the hearing. “This is an open public debate that will set future guidelines for all red-light cameras in Illinois.”


Advocates of traffic cameras, such as the Active Transportation Alliance, say they make intersections safer. Critics argue that they are about revenue and not safety. In fact, critics say, the cameras make the roads more dangerous.


According to Duffy, red light traffic cameras have been kicked off the roads in 15 other states so far, including Ohio, Minnesota and Texas.


The bill would still allow for red light traffic cameras in construction zones and at railroad crossings.