State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) is the chief co-sponsor of an initiative to outlaw red light cameras in the State of Illinois.
The legislation, HB3909 would prohibit municipalities from enacting or enforcing an ordinance that involves the use of red-light cameras. The legislation was filed earlier this month in light of the ongoing federal investigations into local municipalities using red light cameras.
“Red light cameras are not about safety at all,” said Batinick. “This has been a money grabbing scheme from the beginning and these cameras are simply defrauding our taxpayers.”
Out of the four cities in the county that utilize red light cameras, the City of Chicago has the most. In the last 10 years, red light cameras have generated $1 billion in revenue with Chicago alone taking in $56 million just in the last year.