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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.