(CBS) – Newly introduced speed cameras may be the answer for Chicago city officials who struggling to plug a projected $300 million hole in the next budget.
CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
The fact is, the city’s take from those annoying red-light cameras is huge. CBS 2 began looking into it just as the mayor was starting the PR push for his new budget.
Look at the brake lights coming on as cars approach the brand-new speed camera on Foster Avenue — flashing every time it catches someone exceeding the speed limit.
For some residents, it’s about time.
“It’s like a drag strip,” John Hundrieser complains.
But for others, like the self-proclaimed “Red Light Doctor,” safety is secondary.
“It’s strictly cash, it’s all about creating more cash flow for the city,” Barnet Fagel says.
Mayor Emanuel was holding the first of three budget roundtables.
“I have one goal for the city: Every kid, every student, will be 100 percent college-ready and 100 percent college-bound,” he said.