Red-light camera trial drawing to a close

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CHICAGO -- The jury is set to decide the fate of the City Hall insider, the key person in a bribery scheme that brought red-light cameras to Chicago.

The man at the center of the scandal is John Bills, a retired city of Chicago worker, who is accused of fraud, extortion, bribery, conspiracy and filing false tax returns.

Prosecutors say Bills took nearly $600,000 in cash bribes, solicited a Mercedes, a boat, and lavish vacations and meals.

They say he did this in exchange for steering Chicago’s red-light camera contract into the hands of crooked executives.

During the two-week trial, government witnesses testified that Bills made sure Redflex, the red-light company, kept its $131 million enforcement contract between 2002 and 2011.

The government called three admitted co-conspirators in the scheme.

The former Redflex CEO, the company's former vice president and an alleged bagman, Martin O'Malley, a friend of Bills.

Bills' attorneys tried to point the blame elsewhere. They say he did not have the political influence to steer the massive deal all by himself.

In an extraordinary move, the U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon personally led the prosecution of this case.

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