Illinois Democrat Facing Federal Bribery Charges Linked To Red Light Cameras

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An Illinois state senator is charged with federal bribery over an alleged red light camera scheme.

sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, is accused of soliciting bribes from “Company A,” a Chicago area entity that provided automated traffic enforcement systems, commonly known as “red light cameras.” With these cameras, municipalities could enforce traffic violations and issue traffic fines.

In early 2019, Jones introduced Senate Act 1297, which would require the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to conduct a state-wide investigation into automated traffic enforcement systems, including red light cameras.

Later that year, Jones offered to protect a specific red light camera from the law in exchange for bribes, according to court documents released Tuesday.

TBEN News Digital has contacted Jones for comment.

The U.S. Attorney’s office did not name “Company A,” but multiple outlets, including the TBEN, reported that the company was SafeSpeed ​​LLC.

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The company later released a statement on Tuesday saying that one of its former employees had “engaged in criminal conduct and recruited outsiders to help promote its self-service business”.

“Their actions were clearly in their own best interest and were done without SafeSpeed’s knowledge and undermined the important work SafeSpeed ​​is doing,” the company said.

“SafeSpeed ​​built its business on integrity and ethics, and it holds its employees and representatives to the highest standards of conduct and ethics. SafeSpeed ​​has long since ended all contact with its former colleague and its employees,” the company said.

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It added: “SafeSpeed ​​remains committed to continuing to help Illinois municipalities improve road safety. SafeSpeed ​​fully supports the federal government’s investigation into public corruption and will continue to support their efforts in any way they can .”