Statement from Cook County Clerk David Orr on John Bills conviction

Clerk David Orr
January 27, 2016
Statement from the Clerk

Tuesday’s conviction of former Chicago Department of Transportation official John Bills in the city’s Red Light camera bribery scheme proves the flawed and corrupt foundation upon which this program was built. While Bills may be going to jail, it is outrageous that so little has been done to change this unfair program.

The city’s Red Light camera program as we know it – with shortened yellow lights and increased rear-end collision accidents – has less to do with  public safety and more about generating revenue, very often on the backs of those who can least afford it.

The little that has been done to fix this red light program was generated by the media and the mayoral campaign. Unfortunately, it seems to have been forgotten by the Mayor and too many Aldermen.

The U.S. Attorney said yesterday that, “We simply cannot abide public officials or governments violating the public trust for personal gain." Nor should we allow a broken program to continue under the guise of safety or the city’s need for revenue.