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CONTACT: Scott Davis630firstname.lastname@example.orgCook County Campaign for Liberty
Cook County Red Light Camera Protests Continue Saturday
Oak Lawn’s “
driving a step-up in efforts
September 16, 2010
Undeterred by a disappointing red light cameravote this week in Oak Lawn, Cook County Campaign for Liberty activists and concernedresidents will again take to the streets Saturday at an 11 a.m. planned protest at theintersection of Devon and Northwest Highway. Organizers aim to raise awareness of theproven ineffectiveness
and corruption of Chicago’s
red light camera program in thesecond in a series of public actions planned for this fall.The event will cap a week that saw the village of Oak Lawn on Tuesday unanimouslyrenew its red light camera contract with a five-year extension despite strong publicopposition. Trustee Jerry Hurckes reported to the village board receiving multiple callson the issue,
all of which were in opposition to red light cameras.
Despite public disapproval, Oak Lawn officials did not blink as they roped localtaxpayers into another long-term scheme with a failed, fraudulent
technology,” said Scott
Davis, Cook County Campaign for Liberty coordinator.
“This careless vote
is yet another stark reminder of our elected officials
’ warped priorities –
bottom-line tax receipts chief among them. Residents are an afterthought, at best.
Clearly, we must step up our red light advocacy efforts
For more information on Cook County
Campaign for Liberty’s protest schedule
, whichwill culminate in a downtown rally in late October, visitwww.ChicagoBanTheCams.com. Cook County Campaign for Liberty promotes ethical leadership in Cook County byadvocating for civil liberties, privacy, fiscal responsibility, and transparent and limitedgovernment by means of activism and educational activity.###
ISSUE BACKGROUNDER: Cook County Campaign for Liberty’s protests are part of a
continuing backlash against unmanned traffic enforcement technology in Illinois.Stunned Cook County municipalities balked in June after the county board unilaterallyvoted to install 30 additional red light cameras countywide. Facing public outcry, Cook County subsequently permitted municipalities to opt out of the program. High-profileefforts by Schaumburg activists, led by the Schaumburg Freedom Coalition, forced thevillage to abandon its highly lucrative red light camera program in 2009. A measure toban most red light and speed cameras statewide even made it to Springfield lastlegislative session in form of
State Sen. Dan Duffy’s SB