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Public Not Sold on Mayor's Speed Cameras

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    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.

    The House voted 64-50 in November to approve the bill that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called a "comprehensive plan to protect our children from harm."

    Quinn's office told NBCChicago Monday the governor is focused on his State of the State speech and likely won't make a decision until after the Wednesday address.

    The public isn't likely to hold its opinion. A report obtained from the governor's office shows that nine people of every 10 polled on the cameras aren't happy with the bill.

    Quinn's office said it received 224 phone calls, letters and emails about the legislation, according to the Sun-Times, and about 91 percent of them were against it.

    How will the governor vote? So far he's stayed quiet.

    But Emanuel continued his public support of the cameras at an unrelated Monday press conference, saying his "goal is safety of our children." He denied the cameras would act as a moneymaker for the city.

    Ahead of the House vote, the mayor lobbied hard for the bill, pointing to the deaths of 6-year-old Diamond Robinson and a CICS Wrightwood 8th grader, both struck by cars, as proof the city needs more speed enforcement to protect Chicago kids.

    "The victims here are the children, not those who are speeding," Emanuel said.