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updated: 2/28/2014 6:45 AM

Illinois lawmaker wants to expand speed camera use

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- A southwestern Illinois lawmaker wants communities around the state to be able install speed cameras, which are only allowed in Chicago.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports Rep. Jay Hoffman has introduced legislation that'd allow communities of all sizes to install the devices.

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Legislation signed by the governor in 2012 limited speed cameras to cities with at least 1 million residents, making the statute apply solely to Chicago.

Hoffman is a Belleville Democrat. He says he wants "one uniform law for the whole state."

Speed cameras are only allowed in designated safety zones -- areas near a school or a park. Drivers caught by the cameras can face $100 fines. Money generated from the tickets can only be used for public safety initiatives, construction or infrastructure maintenance.

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