Illinois Op-Ed: With corruption accelerating, slam brakes on red-light cameras

The Illinois red-light camera boom began in Chicago. The city holds more of the cameras, which spit out $100 tickets, than the next three largest cities with red-light camera programs combined. They rake in $56 million from drivers every year. And the city’s first vendor for the program, Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., infamously bribed high-ranking city official John Bills to get that contract. The Redflex CEO and Bills, a longtime member of House Speaker Mike Madigan’s patronage army, both went to prison. But the virus had already spread…