Rep. Skillicorn Votes to Ban Red Light Cameras in Non-Home Rule Communities, Looks to Pass Statewide Ban

Springfield…State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R- East Dundee) was pleased to sponsor and vote in favor of House Bill 322 today in order to stop Red Light Cameras to operate in non-home rule units of government.

House Bill 322 would prohibit non-home rule units of government within the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, Madison, McHenry, St. Clair, and Will from enacting or enforcing red light camera ordinances.

Rep. Skillicorn said, “This corrupt system has enriched local elected officials and municipalities on the backs of hard working Illinoisans. Thanks to the action of federal authorities investigating corruption in Illinois, we know now how deep corruption involving the red light camera business runs. A State Senator has pleaded guilty to taking bribes from a company and faces serious jail time for his crimes.”

“What we have learned is that the red light camera industry is much less focused on public safety and very much focused on making profits,” Skillicorn said. “Currently we are aware of tens of thousands of dollars in payoffs to one elected official. Millions of dollars in fines have been levied against the citizens of Illinois. The red light camera industry is part of the corrupt, broken system in Illinois. I am happy to see House Bill 322 pass through the House today, and I look forward to seeing it pass in the Senate soon. I am also sponsoring legislation to eliminate the use of red light cameras in the entire state. I believe my statewide red light camera ban has bipartisan support, and I urge its immediate consideration and passage,” added Rep. Skillicorn.

House Bill 322 passed the House 84-04-05 today and has head to the Senate for concurrence.