Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Friday that he is going to get rid of the city’s red-light camera vendor in July when the Redflex Traffic System Inc. reaches the end of its current contract, according to the Chicago Tribune. The move follows the revelation via a new investigative report that the controversial red-light company gave thousands of dollars of free trips to a former Chicago official who oversaw the red-light program in Chicago.
In conjunction with this move by Emanuel, it is being reported that the chairman of Redlex’s Australian parent company stepped down and traded in stock this week due to the growing investigation into the Chicago corruption related to the company.
The former Chicago official involved with the story is John Bills who was the former city transportation official in city government. The Chicago Tribune has revealed that persons familiar with the fraud claim that Bills received trips to the Super Bowl and other sporting events.
Just last month, Chicago extended Redflex’s contract for another half-year while it opened the contract to bids. As of today’s move, Redlex is definitely out as of July as the city is not taking bids from the company for the open contract.