Could people unfairly ticketed by red light cameras get refunds?
Some aldermen are calling on the inspector general to look into the tickets issued by the cameras and possibly issue refunds.
It’s an issue that came before Mayor Emanuel took office, but the number of cameras – red light and speed – have gone up.
Alderman Scott Waguespack is one of just a scant few on city council, openly critical of the cameras. He’s calling on the city’s inspector general to launch an investigation into the spikes of tickets issued, uncovered by a Chicago Tribune investigation.
“I think what makes it worse there’s clearly fraud here or malfeasance and the fact that the administration doesn’t stand up and take responsibility for it is very alarming,” Waguespack said.
Those who’ve railed against the cameras for years point to the investigation as validation but now call on the mayor’s office to step up.
Mark Wallace of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras says, “There seems to be an arrogance about the city council members and of the mayor of this program not willing to admit to the public that this is a mistake. And we want to correct it.”
WGN News reached out to the mayor’s office for comment on the report but have yet to get a response.