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Monday, Feb 6, 2012 at 11:05 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Gov. Quinn Signs Chicago Speed Camera Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill to retrofit Chicago red-light cameras with speed sensors at intersections near schools and parks. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Why Rahm's Speed Cameras are NOT for Children

Why Rahm's Speed Cameras are NOT for Children

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's speed camera provides penalties for non-payment of tickets, but not for speeding itself. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 6:53 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Public Not Sold on Mayor's Speed Cameras

Public Not Sold on Mayor's Speed Cameras

Gov. Pat Quinn has until Feb. 6 to make his decision on a bill to retrofit Chicago red-light cameras with speed sensors at intersections near schools and parks. A report obtained from the governor's office shows... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 at 9:44 AM
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By Al Romero

Quinn Mum on Speed-Camera Legislation

Quinn Mum on Speed-Camera Legislation

Gov. Pat Quinn still hasn't signed legislation allowing Chicago to install speed cameras in "safety zones" -- even though it's been more than a month since the legislature passed the measure. Read »

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 4:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The $100 Million Hustle

The $100 Million Hustle

Mayor 1% is pushing a $100 million tax break for the Merc, and a speed camera plan that could net the city $100 million. Hmmm..... Read »

Thursday, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:59 AM
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By Edward McClelland

How Rahm Can Have Speed Cameras and Gambling

How Rahm Can Have Speed Cameras and Gambling

Emanuel won a vote on speed cameras when the House voted 64-50 to approve the bill, sending it to Gov. Pat Quinn. But the mayor lost on gambling expansion, when Rep. Lou Lang could only muster 58 of the 60 votes... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011 at 10:07 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

General Assembly Approves Speed Cams

The Illinois House on Wednesday afternoon followed action already taken by the Senate and approved the speed cameras that have been pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2011 at 8:33 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Speed Cameras Could Generate Nearly $100 mil

Speed Cameras Could Generate Nearly $100 mil

The Expired Meter cites a Chicago Department of Transportation study to estimate speed cameras could be far more lucrative than red-light cameras. Read »

Monday, Nov 7, 2011 at 2:25 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rahm Urges Speed Camera Approval

Surrounded by 15 state representatives, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday publicly urged the House to approve a bill to retrofit red-light cameras with speed sensors at intersections near schools and parks. "The... Read »

Thursday, Oct 27, 2011 at 12:35 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Study Warns of Speed Camera Contract Traps

Study Warns of Speed Camera Contract Traps
NBCChicago.com

An Illinois PIRG report says outsourced speeding enforcement may not have the public's interests at heart. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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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