Chicago to Add More Big Brother Cameras

Homeland Security will pay for the new cameras

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011  |  Updated 8:19 AM CDT
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Chicago to Add More Big Brother Cameras

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The City of Big Shoulders could earn the new nickname of the City of Big Brother.

Mayor Emanuel and Public Building Commission members agreed Tuesday to expand Chicago's surveillance network.

New cameras will go up around three buildings in the financial district: the Federal Reserve, the Board of Trade and the AT&T switching center, the Sun-Times reports

Emanuel insisted these potential terrorist targets need additional protection.

"They were not a part of the network. The fiber had already been laid," he said.

"We should complete it because it's identified as important in the Homeland Security reports. ...The camera network is a part of security and safety for the city," he said.

The federal agency will pick up the $650,000 tab for the new cameras.

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