SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to authorize speed cameras for use in the city of Chicago "safety zones" in a bi-partisan 32 to 24 vote. Going against the majority of their Republican colleagues, Senators Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard and Minority Leader Christine Radogno voted Yes on SB 965. Going against the majority of their Democratic colleagues, Senators Michael Frerichs, Annazette Collins, Linda Holmes and John Sullivan voted No.
State Senator Dan Duffy (R-Barrington) objected to the speed cameras, saying the area the proposal would cover amounted to approximately 40 percent of Chicago, that "Red Light" companies were cashing in on camera installation and operation by millions, and that they had generously controbited to campaigns. From the floor, Senator Duffy's comments on SB 965:
And finishing up the bill's discussion, State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) engaged the bill sponsor and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) in a colioquoy to clarify specifics about how the red light cameras would be operated, how they would be enforced and how the citations would be appealed:
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