Second Illinois Senate Speed Camera Champion Busted For Fraud

Another Illinois state senator with ties to the photo enforcement industry faces federal charges. Senator Terrance P. Link (D-Vernon Hills), a member of the state Legislative Ethics Committee, was charged last week with tax fraud. In 2009, Link introduced a bill allowing the installation of speed cameras. Governor Pat Quinn (D) signed the Chicago speed camera bill three years later.

The US attorney for the Northern District of Illinois did not charge Link with accepting any bribes related to photo enforcement. Instead, he faces a single count of fraud for reporting just $264,450 as his income in 2016.

“Defendant knew that the total income [he earned] substantially exceeded that amount,” assistant US attorney Amarjeet S. Bhachu wrote.