Red-light cameras in Chicago

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

  • Ex-city official convicted on 20 counts in red light cameras trial

    Ex-city official convicted on 20 counts in red light cameras trial

    In a sweeping victory for federal authorities, a jury wasted little time Tuesday before convicting John Bills on all 20 counts, finding that the former Chicago city official took up to $2 million in bribes and gifts in return for steering tens of millions of dollars in red light camera contracts...

  • Defense in red light camera trial suggests bribes went to powerful politicians

    Defense in red light camera trial suggests bribes went to powerful politicians

    The attorney for the City Hall political operative on trial in the red light camera scandal suggested to jurors Monday that $2 million in bribes really went to some of Chicago's most powerful elected officials instead of his client. "That money went to lobbyists who funneled it upstairs," attorney...

  • Ex-Redflex exec pleads guilty to helping orchestrate $2M bribery scheme

    Ex-Redflex exec pleads guilty to helping orchestrate $2M bribery scheme

    As a young executive at an up-and-coming red light camera company a decade ago, Karen Finley placed a small help-wanted ad in a Chicago newspaper that quietly made a record of what would become one of the biggest bribery scandals in the city's notorious history. The May 2003 advertisement sought...

  • Judge refuses to throw out lawsuit challenging red light cameras

    Judge refuses to throw out lawsuit challenging red light cameras

    A Cook County judge on Thursday denied a bid by the city of Chicago to throw out a proposed class-action lawsuit challenging its lucrative and embattled red light camera program, saying those ticketed deserve their day in court. The lawsuit accuses the city of issuing more than $500 million in...

  • Ex-CEO of red light camera vendor pleads guilty to Ohio bribe scheme

    Ex-CEO of red light camera vendor pleads guilty to Ohio bribe scheme

    The former head of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. — already embroiled in an alleged $2 million bribery scheme that ended the company's red light camera contract in Chicago — pleaded guilty Friday in a federal bribery probe in Ohio. Karen Finley, 55, of Cave Creek, Arizona, the firm's former chief...

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