Chicago Red Light Cameras: City Dumps Redflex Contract Amid Corruption Probe

City Dumps Red Light Camera Vendor Amid Corruption Probe

The city's contract with its red-light camera vendor Redflex Traffic Systems will not be renewed per the findings of an investigation into allegations that the contract was corrupt.

The Chicago Tribune reported Friday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel axed Redflex over the findings that the Phoenix-based camera company treated former city official John Bills to thousands of dollars in free trips to the Super Bowl and other events.

The city is now ordering an independent audit of the city's contract with Redflex and legal action against the company is possible, a City Hall spokeswoman has said.

Redflex had previously been barred from bidding on the city's lucrative red-light camera expansion, but the company was given a six-month extension on its existing contract with the city, due to expire last month, while an investigation into the ethics breach was ongoing, according to NBC Chicago.

The chairman of Redflex's Australia-based parent company resigned last week amid the investigation into the company's Chicago contract, which has generated $100 million in revenue for the company since 2003 and is its single largest contract, according to DNAinfo.

For his part, Bills claimed to the Tribune last fall that he "would never have intentionally accepted a dime from Redflex, I wouldn't do that." Redflex Holding's Global CEO Robert DeVincenzi said in a statement, reported by DNA, that his company is cooperating with law enforcement authorities.

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