Quinn stays quiet on future of Chicago speed cameras

December 20, 2011

Michell Eloy

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is staying quiet on whether he'll approve a measure allowing speed cameras at some Chicago intersections.

Earlier this year the state legislature passed a bill pushed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that would permit cameras at intersections within an eighth of a mile of the city's school zones and parks , in so-called "safety zones." It would also track speeders with cameras mounted on unmarked vehicles patroling those areas.

That bill is still sitting on the governor's desk. Quinn said he'll start examining the bill soon, but hasn't said whether he'd it would get his approval.

"We're going to get on that," Quinn said on Monday. "You know, we've had so many things we've had to work on. That bill just arrived, so we'll give it a good microscopic review and have a decision."

Emanuel has said the measure is necessary to make kids and pedestrians safer, but critics have pegged it as a money-grab for the debt-strapped city.

Drivers caught speeding in designated saftey zones could face a $100 fine.