Alderman: Mayor May Be Looking To Install 1,800 Speed Cameras Across City

CHICAGO (CBS) — Armed with the go-ahead from the governor and Illinois General Assembly, Mayor Emanuel plans to move a step closer to installing speed cameras in Chicago – maybe a whole lot of them.

But some aldermen briefed on legislation expected to be introduced this week are demanding more details, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

Some of the aldermen are worried about where school and park safety stops and where a financial windfall for the city begins – to say nothing about what the speed cameras will be doing “after hours.”

The original plan called for the 79 existing red-light cameras near schools and parks to be retrofitted to clock speeds, too. But according to the website The Expired Meter, when aldermen asked how many speed cameras there might be in the future, the answer raised red flags.

“If we’re talking about safety of every school and every park, you’re talking close to 1,800 locations,” Ald. Scott Waguespack says.

UPDATE: Emanuel Says Political Ally Not Guaranteed Piece Of Speed Camera Deal

Waguespack was at an event Monday with the mayor as he announced $280 million in new and improved city parks. He was listening as Levine asked Emanuel whether the city would ultimately install 1,800 cameras that would operate 24 hours a day.

“That’s not the intention, nor what we’re going to do,” Emanuel responded. “There’ll be some efforts on both where we do it and what hours we do it.”

The difference between what the ordinance says the mayor could do and what he will do is something alderman want to know more about. They’ve been this way before.

“We asked in the briefing for more details, for the data,” Waguespack says. “We want to see it ahead of time, and the mayor and his staff have said they will get that out to us. They don’t want to have a repeat of the parking meter lease under Mayor Daley.”

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  • Bill

    YOU have the power … VOTE any politician OUT-of-OFFICE that proposes any kind of automated ticketing device. It’s simple … just say NO. It’s wrong and they know it!


      EXTORTION…Bill is RIGHT, so is Just Axin… PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE talk to your local alderman and write stongly worded letters to senators and rep. Make sure to include that we the citizens of Chicago are done with being bent over and extorted.

    • smokehouse56

      Hell, they just voted him into office.

    • Larmo63

      Los Angeles invested MILLION$ of dollars on these devices and ended up abandoning them. They couldn’t prove their cases in court. Don’t you Chicagoans read the newspaper or watch the news? What a Brave New World you are creating in Chicago!

    • Just Axin

      Bill- You couldn’t be more correct. Also ask your state rep or senator for a roll call of the bill that gave this clown the green light (no pun intended) to ticket.


        Another 5 letter word for Fraud… OBAMA!

      • WelcomeToTheMilitaryPoliceState

        As if big brother isn’t already invasive enough. Much of the news is made up after the coup and cover up. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

      • Den

        Emmanuel should place a few cameras in view of the beaches where the fights and rampaging took place last summer.
        The riots that “didn’t take place”.

  • l.t

    communist chicago…we are in a police state…then can they get rid of all the speed bumps and european turn arounds,,,you really cant drive that fast in chicago because of all the pot holes..i think the money from the cameras should go to driver in chicago that have excellent driving record but it all about revenue for the city.

  • kulin

    mayer go f,,, yourself

  • tom sharp

    Let’s just see how committed this nitwit is to “public safety”: virtually the entire Outer Drive is ” within one-eighth of a mile of a park…” Let’s see him enforce the 25 MPH limit there. Oh, I wait, I thought so, that will be an “exception” to public safety. Lynch this guy before he turns Chicago into a Ghost Town; that’s all he deserves!

    • LYNDIA

      Why don’t you lynch him mr. kkk?

      • JByrd42

        Nice comment. You are truly a d-bag.

      • Bob

        You are a stupid person, Lyndia

      • born in mombasa

        yes any resistance to government expantion must be racist! What else could it be?

      • German Leprechaun

        Why don’t you crawl back into your sewer at 63rd & Halsted?!!

  • Max Smith

    Speed bumps on streets near schools are sufficient, and plenty are out there now. This is a shameless effort to pick the pockets of careful drivers, whose eyes are on the road, well aware children are in areas near schools. Money would be better spent hiring more teachers inside the schools themselves.

    • Ozlanthos

      Why would they want to educate anyone? It is so much easier to lie to and cheat people when they don’t know they are being lied to and stolen from!


  • Hoth Industries

    By and large, those municipalities who have used traffic light cameras to ‘catch’ traffic violators are reversing their view on the legality of such practices… some states even mandate an officer actually has to visually witness the traffic violation before issuing any ticket. This program, about to be adopted in Chicago, will be ultimately a colossal waste of money as other states are backing away from such traffic camera programs… as well they should.

  • Toonces

    Who wants to visit the world-class two-bit farm town to get ripped off and shot at, anyway?

  • yard ape 2

    What an intelligent comment, THEE Yard Ape, for an ape. My apology to apes everywhere.

  • yard ape 2

    My, oh my, such intelligent comments from a yard ape. Again, my apology to apes everwhere. Your fan? Of course, dumas. And if you believe that, than I’m sure you also believe the lies that JJJr is spreading….like fecal matter on concrete.

  • laurence Owen

    This is what you people of Chicago deserve when you have one party rule for 80 years.

    • Larmo63

      We here in California have had one party rule also and businesses are leaving in droves. We don’t visit Chicago anymore, I’m sure your “Ballerina Mayor” doesn’t give a damn. Chicago is a wonderful city with criminal leadership, You live in a big prison.

  • yard ape 2

    My, aren’t we a bit agitated. Coming off that high is really turned you mad, S-ape.

  • Malcom

    how about building a wall around the city and have some cops in towers who shoot anyone trying to leave? LOL Hey if you live and Chicago , especially if you are White , you are an idiot. YOU deserve your oppression, murders, rapes, HIV, and illegal aliens

  • Steve

    This is one of the major reasons I do not go into the city. I don’t habitually speed, but, I don’t need the thought of possibly triggering a camera. Many suburbs have taken their cameras down after vendors conplained that it was impacting their businesses. I would think this would be hapenning in Chicago.

  • Just Axin

    y ape2: I hope you’ve got a bucket full of ribs cause we’re in it for the long haul.

    • LYNDIA

      The long haul where? You ignorant fm.

      • THEE Yard Ape

        @blue-gum – did you mean MF?? Stupid ni @@ er b! tch can’t even put two letters together!!!



  • voter

    there are 177 elected officials that seeking to run for re way is to vote them all out and we us people has the power to elect 177 a new fresh elected officials,that will listen to our needs and not want they want.
    and us for the city of chicago.keep voting the same useless money hungry city elected offficials.the only people to blame are you.
    i’m for the safety of our kids.but not for the city trying to use cameras to make money.

  • Rahmm is a crook

    Rahmm is a crook just like any other politician. It’s time to vote this piece of garbage out of this city and out of office. Whoever votes for this piece of garbage has no right to complain when your caught up in the mess and paying fines. What do these politicians think this is a communism? That is the way they are treating this city and we the people keep taking their bllsht! It’s time to take our city back and get rid of all these crooks. Including Quinn and Jesse White!

  • Joe Public

    Any investigative reporters checking into the relationships between the camera suppliers, who will monitor and send tickets and those in the administration or city council ?

  • mary

    you have yourselves to blame chicago!


    Read the article in today’s Tribune about Rahm’s friend who will make millions off of this shady deal:,0,1390068.story
    meanwhile I do ALL of my shopping,dining business etc…ELSEWHERE.

    • Malcom

      just follow the money.

  • zzz

    “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” ~ Benito Mussolini 

    • jimmy

      Whatever happened to that guy anyway? Perhaps Rahm will have the same fate?

  • alpo

    Just another reason for me to stay in the burbs and not spend my money in the city!

  • gerry taylor

    hahahahaa got to love the fascistt police state government..

  • Catherine

    Yep, that’s just what Chicago’s priority is cameras throughout the city. Talk about total insanity.Guess what Chicago, you deserve this idiot Godfather.

  • ADM

    People, this is another reason to stay AWAY from Chicago!

    • born in mombasa

      who the hell would want to visit this hell hole let alone live there? I think folks just get so used to it they just accept it . It’s like a Russian after a visit to the US ,they’re so bummed out to realize they live in hell . Chicagoans do not vist San Diego , you will be so depressed when you leave. Better you continue to live there in ignorance and spend your time killing each other and flash mobbing each other ,bribeing each other and watching each other on cameras

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