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Lauzen Makes Red-Light Camera Point in Burns' Back Yard

Kane County Board chairman candidate state Sen. Chris Lauzen provides the perfect photo op to emphasize his opposition to red-light cameras—the intersection of Randall Road and Williamsburg Avenue in Geneva.

Kane County Board chairman candidate Chris Lauzen underlined his opposition to red-light cameras Thursday afternoon and dotted the exclamation point with a flourish by making his statement under a red-light camera in his opponent's home town.

Standing under a sign that read "Red Light Photo Enforced" at the intersection of Randall Road and Williamsburg Avenue in Geneva, Lauzen visually illustrated that his position on red-light cameras is very different than that of Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns.

Lauzen brought three supporters who formally endorsed his candidacy and spoke passionately against the use of red-light cameras as law-enforcement tools.

Some of the rhetoric was heavily charged.

"Chris' opponent, the mayor who placed the red-light camera in this intersection, has a long record of using red-light cameras to raid the pocketbooks of the people of Kane County," said Peter Breen, a Lombard village trustee and founder of BanRedCams.com.

"That mayor is the one who thinks so little of the plight of small business that he would welcome customers to one of Geneva's largest shopping centers with a red-light camera. That mayor is dedicated to the cause of lining the pockets of government."

Williamsburg Avenue is one of the gateways to the Geneva Commons shopping center.

Also speaking at the press conference were 26th District state Sen. Dan Duffy, the sponsor of several bills opposing red-light cameras, and Warren Redmond, president of No More Cameras, described on Redmond's business card as "an Illinois PAC dedicated to getting rid of red-light cameras."

Redmond said he opposes the cameras because they represent a corrupt and dangerous program.

"I don't think the government needs to rape the taxpayers," he said.

Duffy said Lauzen "has been a co-sponsor every step of the way" of legislation Duffy has proposed regarding the regulation of red-light cameras.

On Wednesday, Burns made a statement supporting some of the legislation Duffy has proposed and emphasized that red-light-camera tickets are not a big revenue generator in Geneva, where the majority of tickets issued are warning tickets.

"We don’t issue tickets for right-turn-on-red, and we use as a guide the question: ‘Would we issue a ticket if a police officer were present?’ Our statistics are public and the hearings are public," Burns said Wednesday. "The city entered into this innovative approach to help improve safety as (we) were asked again and again to do by residents and guests alike."

Lauzen said the approach doesn't work and he would actively lobby against red-light cameras if he were Kane County Board chairman.

"Just because we have the technology to do something doesn't mean we should do it," Lauzen said.

Jeanne Letizia February 21, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Chad, I already explained why I believe the red light cameras keep the intersection safe. Studies are subjective and ongoing. As a local resident that drives or walks on that intersection many times every day, I LOVE the red light cameras!
Chad Baker February 21, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Jeanne, I didn't refer to any of the studies that have been done. I was referring to pure data, before the cameras versus after the cameras. The data is factual, you are looking at it subjectively. Belief based on feeling and belief based on facts are two different things.
Rick Anderson February 22, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I think red light cameras are a source of revenue just like the casinos are for local governments. Where elese are you going to get revenue from those that don't go to the casino but like to gamble whilst driving by eating, doing nails, shaving, talking on phone, texting, anticipating the next road rage outburst........ Keep the cameras and add more.
Lou B. March 01, 2012 at 12:57 AM
If you've noticed the increase of red light runners between 1995 and 2005 as I did, and the deaths caused as a result, why not support red light cameras. This is hardly an infringement on our liberties, and I feel more secure knowing that the laws are being enforced, effeciently, and with full camera review possible. After watching cars run the lights at 68 and Dunton I called the st. Charles PD asking for patrol at that intersection, and was told it was not in the budget. Remember the mom and her stroller run over in Chicago by a runner? I do. It's the right choice, the choice for public safety and respect for the laws.
Michael smith March 01, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Well seeing how it's not about revenue then why doesn't the city hire 3 new officers and post the officers there at the intersections? $312,000 per year should cover the costs. As Kevin burns has said they only issue tickets as if an officer was present.

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