Chicago's huge camera surveillance system to grow

June 16, 2011

The Associated Press

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More surveillance cameras expected to be added in Chicago.

Chicago's massive surveillance camera system - already one of the most extensive in the United States - is about to grow.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Mayor Rahm Emanuel at his first meeting of the Public Building Commission agreed with the other commission members that  the network of 10,000 public and private cameras should be expanded to include the Board of Trade, the Federal Reserve and the AT&T switching center.

Emanuel says the sites should be added because they are important to national security, adding it would be relatively simple because much of what is  needed to link the sites to the surveillance network is already in place. 

A federal Homeland Security grant will pay the $650,000 for the new cameras.