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Quinn Mum on Chicago Speed-Camera Legislation

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    It's been more than a month since the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation that would allow Chicago to install speed cameras in safety zones around the city.

    But so far Gov. Pat Quinn hasn't signed the measure. It's still sitting on his desk, reported WBEZ.

    Quinn said he's been working on so many other things and that he would get to the bill eventually. This week he traveled to Germany for his seventh annual Illinois troops visit.

    Interestingly, as the bill made its way through Springfield, the governor appeared to stay on the sidelines. And even after the measure passed the House in early November, Quinn didn't give an indication on whether or not he would sign it.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushed hard for the legislation, which would allow the cameras to be placed up to one-eighth of a mile around a school or a park.

    The mayor argued the measure was for children's safety. But critics viewed it as a cash-grab by a city facing financial straits.