Illinois Red-Light Cameras Rake In $1 Billion Over Decade: Report

Jennifer Keiper
October 14, 2019 - 6:41 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A survey of red-light cameras finds they're spreading quickly in the suburbs and raking in a lot of money.

"Eye popping revenue" is the way the Illinois Policy Institute describes the take of red-light cameras, which the organization analyzes in a new report.

The group has found that more than $1 billion has been collected from Illinois drivers over the past 10 years. Annual revenue from the tickets more than doubled from 2008 to 2018.

Austin Berg, content director for the Illinois Policy Institute, said Oakbrook Terrace has collected more than $9 million from two red-light cameras installed in August 2017.

The organization says red-light cameras do not necessarily make intersections safer. The group advocates dismantling the cameras.