Red-light camera backlash gains bipartisan momentum in Springfield (HB323 and HB3909)

As a red-light camera company becomes a focal point in another federal investigation of Illinois government corruption, a growing number of state lawmakers have revived efforts to unplug the controversial devices.

Two bills introduced in the Illinois General Assembly this year would impose a statewide ban on use of red-light cameras. The first was House Bill 323, which state Reps. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, and Jonathan Carroll, D-Buffalo Grove, filed in January. On Oct. 4, state Reps. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, and Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, signed on as chief co-sponsors.

On Oct. 7, state Reps. Grant Wehrli, R-Naperville, and Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, introduced House Bill 3909. State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, recently added her name to the proposal.