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Illinois Democrat facing federal bribery charges tied to red light cameras




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An Illinois senator faces federal bribery charges that include an alleged red-light camera scheme.

Senator Emile Jones III, D-Chicago, is accused of soliciting a bribe from “Company A,” a Chicago-area entity that provides automated traffic enforcement systems, known as “red light cameras.” These cameras enabled the municipalities to enforce traffic violations and issue tickets for traffic violations.

State Senator Emile Jones III, Democrat of Chicago, in an interview with FOX 32.

State Senator Emile Jones III, Democrat of Chicago, in an interview with FOX 32.

In early 2019, Jones introduced Senate Bill 1297, which would require the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to conduct a statewide study of automated traffic law enforcement systems, which included red-light cameras.

Later that year, Jones offered specific red-light camera protection from legislation in exchange for a bribe, according to court filings made public on Tuesday.

Fox News Digital has reached out to Jones for comment.


The Office of the Attorney General did not name “Company A,” but several outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, reported that the company is SafeSpeed ​​LLC.

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The company issued a statement later on Tuesday noting that one of its former partners was “engaged in criminal conduct and the recruitment of individuals from abroad to help further its own activities.”

“It is clear that their actions were in their own self-interest and were carried out without SafeSpeed’s knowledge and undermine the important work that SafeSpeed ​​does,” the company said.

“SafeSpeed ​​has built its business on integrity and ethics, and holds its employees and representatives to the highest standards of conduct and ethics. SafeSpeed ​​has long since terminated all communications with its former colleague and associates,” the company said.


She added, “SafeSpeed ​​remains committed to continuing to assist Illinois municipalities in improving traffic safety. SafeSpeed ​​fully supports the federal government’s investigation of public corruption and will continue to assist their efforts in any way possible.”


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