Today’s Headlines

  • Tribune Poll: Majority of Chicagoans Think Red Light Cams Should Be Retained
  • City Is Looking Into Selling Parking Lots, Garage in River North (Tribune)
  • 35th Ward Hosting 3 Meetings to Discuss Plans for Logan Circle, Milwaukee Ave. (DNA)
  • New Eatery at Halsted Green Stop Will Provide Job Training for Teens (RedEye)
  • CTA Working on Getting New Tenants for Granville, Morse (DNA)
  • Cyclist Doored in Riverside Wins Settlement (Keating)
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  • Lakeview Chamber Hosts Bike Scavenger Hunt This Sunday (DNA)
  • Checking Out a Chicago-Made City Bike (Ding Ding)

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  • CL

    “Majority of Chicagoans Think Red Light Cams Should Be Retained”

    That’s what you got out of the article? 66% said the red light cameras are a “bad idea.” (Verses only 28% “good idea”)

    I assume you’re referring to the one question where respondents were given the option of choosing that the cameras need better management (47%) or should be eliminated (45%) with only 5% saying the cameras are functioning as they should (and 3% DK). The two questions taken together are hardly evidence that a majority like the cameras.

  • ohsweetnothing

    If “liking” the cameras is the goal, I honestly don’t think that will ever be achieved. I mean I like them, but I understand the base sentiment why many drivers would not like having them around (doesn’t mean I agree, of course).

  • Correct, 52 percent of respondents either said that the red light cams should be retained, with better management, or said the the program is fine as is.

  • CL

    It’s a bad question in the first place, since there’s going to be bias toward choosing a phrase like “better oversight and management” which vaguely sounds like a good idea. And it’s still basically a half and half split. Straight up asked if the cameras are good or bad, 66 percent said “bad.”

    I thought it was interesting that African Americans were more likely to say the cameras should be eliminated (50% vs 37% whites). I wouldn’t have expected the cameras to be more popular with whites, but they are for some reason.

  • ohsweetnothing

    As a POC this baffles me as well. I’d rather have a camera ticket me than be pulled over at a cop’s individual discretion given the…interesting…history behind leaving stops up to an officer.

  • CL

    It could be coming from general mistrust of the mayor, who is not exactly popular in the African American community.

  • ohsweetnothing

    True. But these have been around since long before Rahm. At least 5 years before, right?

  • CL

    Yes, but there are more red light cameras now, plus Rahm added the speed cameras, so I think people associate him with camera tickets in general.

  • R.A. Stewart

    Good point about the officer’s individual discretion. I am not a POC but have a son who is a POYAMG (Person Of Youth And Male Gender), so know a little bit about that. But there may be a sense that the city feels more free to tinker with yellow-light times and be pickier about right turns on red in minority neighborhoods.

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