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  • Traffic camera fines not put to good useFeb 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Robert Garrett of Schaumburg says that if Elk Grove Village really wanted to improve the safety of the intersections where it put red-light cameras, they would have used the fines to redesign the intersections to make them permanently safer.

  • This is one of four red-light cameras in Rosemont. It was installed in 2007 at the intersection of River Road and Balmoral Avenue.

    Rosemont extends red-light camera contractFeb 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Rosemont village board voted unanimously this week to extend its red-light camera contract with Lombard-based RedSpeed Illinois LLC through Aug. 23, 2016. The original six-year contract went into effect Aug. 24, 2007.

  • Caught in red-light merry-go-round Sep 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: After getting a red-light traffic ticket in Elk Grove Village, Iris Seefeldt has a few questions. "I want to know where in the Rules of the Road it states how long one must stay in a stopped position before proceeding?" she demands.

  •  Gurnee’s red-light camera intersections include Hunt Club Road and Grand Avenue. The village is owed about $1.5 million in photo enforcement fines and has turned to a state agency’s program for assistance to collect the debt.

    Gurnee wants deadbeats to pay $1.5 milllion in red-light camera violation fines May 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Gurnee has been stiffed on about $1.5 million in red-light camera violation fines and has turned to a state agency in the hope of getting money from the deadbeats. "Obviously, there are a lot (of outstanding tickets) hanging out there," Village Administrator Patrick Muetz said.

  • Mayor responds to red-light complaint Mar 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson responds to a complaint from a Downstate man, who got a ticket at one of the village's red-light traffic cameras. Johnson says the video disproves the driver's claim that he came to a full stop, and the mayor takes issue with the claim that the cameras are nothing more than revenue generators.

  • He has a strategy for avoiding tickets Feb 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: John Billis has a foolproof strategy for avoiding traffic camera tickets; he won't turn right on red at any intersections that have them. "People behind you will honk their horns and swear, but stand your ground and do not turn until the light changes," he writes.

  • Caught by traffic camera in EGV Feb 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: A central Illinois man writes about his disgust with the red light traffic cameras in Elk Grove Village. "Please don’t allow a red light money pit program to continue in Elk Grove Village," he writes.

  • Last of Kane County’s red-light cameras to go dark, for now Feb 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    The only two remaining red-light cameras on Kane County roads will go off the grid in a few weeks. But county rules still leave the door open for new cameras in the future. “Nothing precludes somebody from applying for a red-light camera under our revised rules,” said Kane County Transportation Director Carl Schoedel. “But there’s been a lot less interest in the cameras.”

  • Ray Campbell of Glen Ellyn, who uses paratransit, speaks to RTA Chairman John S. Gates Jr. after his public apology this week for earlier remarks referring to paratransit as “federally mandated limousine service.”

    Paratransit advocates still seething over 'limo' commentOct 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    Thanks to the binders full of emails I received on paratransit, I'm turning the column over to you today. But that's not the only hot transportation topic this week. We've also got some feisty comments on red-light cameras, plus IDOT explains why work on Butterfield Road is taking soooooo long. To recap, Regional Transportation Authority Chairman John Gates apologized Wednesday for comments he made to the Daily Herald Oct. 4 about paratransit, the pickup service for riders with disabilities. Gates had compared paratransit to a “federally mandated limousine service.”

  • Kevin Woodside

    Gurnee makes another 3-year red-light camera contractMay 25, 2012 12:00 AM
    Gurnee has amde another contract with a red-light camera comapny, which officials say guarantees won't cost the village more than it receives in fines.

  • No need proven for speed camerasMar 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    A proposal to allow speed cameras in school zones should be viewed skeptically until claims it would actually make streets near schools safer are proven, a Daily Herald editorial says.

  • Reducing the number of accidents at crash-prone intersections always has been the goal of Aurora’s red-light camera program, and police Chief Greg Thomas said numbers show the effort is succeeding.

    Aurora cops: Red-light cameras reducing accidents Feb 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    Reducing the number of accidents at crash-prone intersections always has been the goal of Aurora’s red-light camera program, and police Chief Greg Thomas said numbers show the effort is succeeding. In 2011, Aurora saw a 7.5 percent decrease in accidents from 2010 totals at its five intersections with red-light cameras, Thomas said.

  • Naperville will be turning off its red-light cameras on Tuesday, including this one at Route 59 and Diehl Road.

    Naperville to shut down red-light cameras Jan 2, 2012 12:00 AM
    Motorists in Naperville will face a little less scrutiny beginning Tuesday as the city officially pulls the plug on its three red-light cameras. The cameras have been operating for three years at the intersections of Route 59 and North Aurora Road, Route 59 and Diehl Road, and Ogden and Aurora avenues.

  • Naperville's red-light camera's, like this one at Route 59 and North Aurora Road will be deactivated effective Jan. 3 2012.

    Naperville red-light cameras to be turned off Jan. 3 Nov 2, 2011 12:00 AM
    Naperville City Council members, in a surprise move, Tuesday decided to remove the city's red-light cameras when they declined to pick up an optional fourth year on their contract. “It seems to me the red-light camera at North Aurora and 34 is costing us money,” said Councilman Steve Chirico.

  •  Des Plaines police want to collect more data on red-light cameras at the intersection of Golf and Rand roads that have been in place for a year. Crashes at that intersection went up, though they were minor in nature, police say.

    Year later, Des Plaines wants more data on red-light cameras Nov 1, 2011 12:00 AM
    A one-year review of red-light cameras in Des Plaines shows that accidents actually went up at the intersection of Golf and Rand roads, though they were less serious than the previous year. The review also found that even though the cameras flagged numerous driver infractions, police didn’t issue citations in nearly half the cases.

  •  This is the red-light camera at Higgins and Barrington roads in Hoffman Estates.

    Hoffman Estates to start ticketing at Barrington/Higgins Aug 7, 2011 12:00 AM
    No more Mr. Nice Guy: Starting Aug. 7, the Hoffman Estates Police Department will end the warning tickets and start issuing real tickets to drivers who run red lights at Barrington and Higgins roads.

  •  The red-light camera at Higgins and Barrington roads in Hoffman Estates.

    Hoffman Estates will begin ticketing for red-light violations Aug 5, 2011 12:00 AM
    Starting Monday, Aug. 8, the village of Hoffman Estates will begin writing tickets to red-light violators at Barrington and Higgins roads.

  • It has been six months since Winfield installed its first red-light camera and officials project a revenue of $212,400 next fiscal year.

    Winfield expects $212,400 in red light camera revenue Jul 28, 2011 12:00 AM
    Six months after Winfield's first and only red light camera installed, the village has made about $20K/month and projects $240,000 in revenues next fiscal year. So far, 2,085 citations have been issued by Winfield police and, of those, 1,577 have been paid in full.

  • Glendale Heights will install its first red-light camera next year at North Avenue and Glen Ellyn Road.

    Glendale Heights adding red-light cameras Jun 27, 2011 12:00 AM
    Starting next year, add Glendale Heights to the list of towns using red light cameras for traffic enforcement. Supporters say the cameras have made roads safer and resulted in a change of drivers' habits. But the cameras also have helped municipalities' bottom lines, causing some to question the motivation for camera installation.

  • Lowe’s store in Arlington, not Meadows May 31, 2011 12:00 AM
    Sorry to hear about the experience of Don Lischalk of Palatine and the ticket he received for a red-light camera stop at Algonquin and Route 53, which probably is Rolling Meadows jurisdiction. However, the address of the Lowe’s store he wants to penalize is 990 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights. City boundaries can be deceiving.

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