The Chicago mayoral election takes place on February 26, 2019. There are currently fourteen (14) candidates. It is a little overwhelming when trying to decide to vote for as there a several familiar names but many no one has heard of before. There are myriad of issues important to voters such as crime, property taxes, jobs, road construction etc… It can be difficult to see where candidate stands and how they stand out from others.
The Chicago Tribune recently collected information on Red Light Cameras, an issue I have studied and written about multiple times in the past. The Tribune wanted to know where each candidate stood. The good news is that all of the candidates they collected opinions on at least want to modify the current number of cameras and at least study the value of keeping them.
The following candidates states they wanted remove the cameras altogether:
Willie Wilson, Gery Chico and La Shawn Ford
The following candidates want to study the value of keeping the cameras and would be in favor of eliminating some of the cameras:
Toni Preckwinkle, Susana Mendoza and Jerry Joyce
The following candidates want to review the current fee structure and assess the fairness, especially those in poorer neighborhoods:
Lori Lightfoot and Bill Daley.
This is encouraging news. Most all of the candidates admitted to the newspaper something we have all known for years: red light cameras were a money grab by the city. Studies published by Northwestern and the Tribune, call into question as to whether the cameras actually make intersections safer.
I will be looking forward to see whether the person elected actually lives up to their promise, to at least re-asses the value of the cameras and at least remove the ones that are not improving safety.