In yet another move to restrict local government control that could impact community safety and will affect local government revenues, the Illinois House just approved House Bill 173, making it illegal to install red light cameras in non-home rule municipalities. The ban would not apply to Chicago or other home-rule communities (those communities with 25,000 population or that have elected by referendum to become home rule). If approved by the Senate and signed by the Governor, the ban on red light cameras in non-home rule municipalities would become effective January 1, 2017.
Communities that have entered into agreements with outside consultants to install and monitor red light cameras in their communities may need to review the terms of those agreements to determine how the law, if passed, will affect those agreements.
Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf