On May 26, 2023, DuPage County Judge Craig R. Belford issued an order affirming the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT’s) revocation of the permit for Oakbrook Terrace to operate the red light cameras at the corner of Route 83 and 22nd Street on Oak Brook’s border. On June 5, 2023, Judge Belford issued an order denying Oakbrook Terrace’s request to have the order stayed.
The Village of Oak Brook commends IDOT for reviewing this matter and revoking the red light camera operating permit in 2022 as well as its defense of the revocation in court. Crash data has consistently demonstrated that these cameras made the intersection substantially less safe, illustrating that the camera installation was always about revenue generation for Oakbrook Terrace and not about public safety. It is also well documented that the cameras were installed as a result of extensive corruption. Both Former State Senator and Transportation Committee Chair Martin Sandoval as well as Former Oakbrook Terrace Mayor Tony Ragucci pled guilty to bribery charges in connection with the installation of these cameras. As these red-light cameras have never met the legal requirements for operation, we trust that IDOT will ensure that they follow through and that the cameras remain off.
The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate have in the last two weeks unanimously passed an ethics bill seeking to curb abuses tied to the red-light cameras. Included in this legislation is a provision that would authorize IDOT to revoke a municipality’s authorization for red-light cameras if a local official or employee is charged with bribery, official misconduct or similar crimes related to the placement of the cameras, as was the case in Oakbrook Terrace. We look forward to Governor Pritzker signing this long overdue ethics legislation into law.
The Village of Oak Brook acknowledges the steadfast resolve of the current Village Board to pursue all means, including litigation, to see that the cameras were finally deactivated. The Village of Oak Brook will continue to forcefully resist any effort to reactivate the scandal plagued cameras at this intersection.