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Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Chicago Unveils Locations for 12 New Speed Cameras

Chicago Unveils Locations for 12 New Speed Cameras

In the next few months, Chicago will have 12 more speed cameras near parks and schools. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Speed Cameras Net $245,000 in First Month

Speed Cameras Net $245,000 in First Month

Over the first 30 days of operation, Rahm Emanuel's speed cameras have netted the city nearly $250,000. Read »

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 5:55 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Chicago Speed Cameras Nab 205,000 in Test Run

Had this been an active situation rather than the pilot program, and actual tickets were being issued, the city would have realized $13.9 million in revenue during the brief run. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 2:16 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Chicago Delays Speed-Camera Enforcement A Little Longer

Chicago Delays Speed-Camera Enforcement A Little Longer

Chicago’s new speed cameras are nearly all installed, and while the initial 30-day warning period is over, the city has delayed the beginning of the system's enforcement. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Put Speed Cameras on Lake Shore Drive

Opinion: Put Speed Cameras on Lake Shore Drive

LSD runs beside parks, and everyone speeds there. Imagine the revenue possibilities! Read »

Monday, Aug 12, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Alderman: Speed Cameras Will Drive Out Middle Class

Alderman: Speed Cameras Will Drive Out Middle Class

5th Ward Ald. Leslie Hairston says speed cameras will contribute to Chicago becoming "a city for wealthy people." Read »

Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By Marcus Riley

City's Red-Light Camera Vendor Under Scrutiny

City's Red-Light Camera Vendor Under Scrutiny

Company's bid for speed camera contract dropped after ethics violation. Read »

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 8:13 PM
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By Emily Florez

Rahm Budget Banks on Speed-Camera Revenue: Report

Proposed speed cameras in Chicago school zones and parks might do more than protect kids -- they also could keep Mayor Rahm Emanuel from raising taxes in 2013. Emanuel reportedly budgeted $30 million from... Read »

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM
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By Lisa Balde

What to Look for During Today's City Council Meeting

What to Look for During Today's City Council Meeting

Two big items are up for vote during Wednesday's city council meeting: Mayor Rahm Emanuel's speed cameras and proposed Infrastructure Plan. The meeting could prove to be Emanuel's biggest so far. Here's a... Read »

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Why They Voted For (And Against) Speed Cameras

Opinion: Why They Voted For (And Against) Speed Cameras

Aldermen testify on the speed camera ordinance, which passed 33-14 today: “If other aldermen don’t want cameras, give them to me. I’ll put them in my ward," James Balcer (11th) said. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

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Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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