Anti-Red Light Camera Rally Set For Tuesday
The Parking Ticket Geek on 09.21.09 | no comments |
In what has become the summer of protests, in which demonstrations against the parking meter lease deal, anti- and pro-health care reform at town hall meetings, and tea parties have been held around Chicagoland, we now have the first "Ban Red Light Cameras Rally".
Tuesday evening at 7:00, Peter Breen, candidate for Illinois State Representative in the 41st district, is encouraging everyone opposed to red light cameras to come out for a protest right in front of RedSpeed Illinois, LLC, one of the state's largest red light camera companies.
The company's Illinois operations are based out of west suburban Lombard, and handles red light camera operations for a myriad number of municipalities in the suburbs of Chicago.
Breen's goal is nothing short of ambitious. He wants to rid the state of all red light cameras.
"I've been running on this issue since when I declared (candidacy) on August 4th," explains Breen. "We working towards getting rid of these things...It's a very important issue."
The keynote speaker for the event will be Illinois State Senator Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington), an outspoken critic of red light cameras. Duffy has pre-filed a bill (SB-2466) in the Illinois Senate that pushes for removal of red light cameras in Illinois.
In addition, Illinois gubernatorial candidate Adam Andrzejewski and Brian Costin of the Schaumburg Freedom Coalition will speak at the event.
Breen is very serious on the issue and just last week launched BanRedCams.com, a website dedicated to this issue to announce the rally, disseminate information about red light cameras, and keep people up to date on the issues.
Interesting enough, according to Breen, within 48 hours of announcing the rally, RedSpeed called the Lombard Police Department to assumedly express concerns of a protest directly in front of their building.
One of Breen's main concerns is the lack of transparency in RedSpeed's ownership, which despite being registered as an limited liability corporation in the State of Illinois, the company according to Breen is actually part of an Israeli conglomerate which primarily operates out of Kazakhstan.
"When they first came to Illinois they (RedSpeed) were handing out campaign cash like it was candy," said Breen. "The entire process has me asking questions: Who are these people? We know their lobbyists, but know nothing about the ownership. Where are these violations being reviewed? Kazakhstan? From a politician's perspective, a lot of people are are afraid of the money and power wielded by these red light camera companies.
The rally takes place at 7 PM tomorrow in front of of RedSpeed Illinois, located at 400 Eisenhower Lane N, Lombard, IL (just off of Finley Road, north of Butterfield, IL-56).
Breen encourages everyone attending to bring a flash light in order to "turn them on RedSpeed and give them a taste of their own medicine," he said laughing.
Go to www.banredcams.com for more information.