Looks like we won't be seeing a specialized traffic unit or a minor alleviation in the manpower shortage we all know exists and the Superintendent has admitted exists. From the Sun Times
Last week, a City Council committee defied Mayor Daley by agreeing to hire 100 more police officers for traffic enforcement with $7.5 million generated by red light cameras.
On Wednesday, Daley defied them back.
Minutes after the City Council gave final signoff to the police hiring, the mayor denounced it as "a useless act" that lacks the weight of law. He said he has no plans to hire more police officers to crack down on what aldermen call an "epidemic" of dangerous driving, including speeding, red-light running and blowing through stop signs.
The mayor wasn't ever going to spend the "windfall" money generated by the red-light cameras on anything as trivial as more police officers. And he certainly isn't going to be laying off any of his precious TMA's and Traffic Aides when he can pay them part time wages and no benefits rather than what actual sworn coppers can earn. And now with the $1 billion dollar property tax hike foisted on us by the Chicago Public Schools, Daley needs every dime he can squeeze from the cameras more than ever.