Jury convicts ex-Chicago official in red-light camera case

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CHICAGO — A federal jury has convicted a former Chicago official on all counts for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company.

Jurors returned with a guilty verdict on all 20 counts Tuesday afternoon. They began deliberating the day before.

Prosecutors accused John Bills, the former second-in-command at Chicago's Department of Transportation, of accepting cash and gifts to help Redflex Traffic Systems obtain contracts.

In final arguments Monday, U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon pointed out hotels stays, golf trips, an Arizona condominium, a South Side Chicago apartment and a Mercedes given to Bills for his efforts.