Budget Hole Just Got Bigger
- Chicago could be forced to refund millions of dollars in speed camera fines issued to “tens, if not hundreds of thousands” of motorists on “non-school days,” under a class-action lawsuit that accuses City Hall of thumbing its nose at state law.
The previously undisclosed lawsuit, quietly filed in Circuit Court on Halloween night, accuses Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration of “blatantly and intentionally” ignoring the ground rules established by the Illinois General Assembly before speed cameras were installed around Chicago’s schools and parks.
The statute clearly states, “Violations shall be recorded, only on school days.”
In spite of that language, plaintiffs’ attorney Jacie Zolna said the city issued more than 34,000 tickets at 58 locations during July and August alone.
For such a smart guy, he sure has trouble reading the law - unless he thinks the law only applies if you get caught breaking it. That would be typical.