And why does it take a freelancer to uncover the truth?
Though I believe it’s important for columnists to quickly call out politicians for their more-dubious pronouncements, never let it be said that Jeff Ward doesn’t have a sense of fair play! Instead of continuing my full frontal assault on Geneva’s pair of heinous red light cameras, I interrupted that offensive until the March 20 primary dust had settled. You all know I’ve never been a fan of these unconstitutional devices, but this particular attempt to eliminate them started with a state Sen. Chris Lauzen press conference at Williamsburg Avenue and Randall Road. That’s where 1st Ward Alderman Sam Hill challenged me to write the truth about Geneva’s cameras. As it turns out, the truth is: Despite that data, Mayor Burns persisted in …
Alderman Sam Hill was half right about the red light cameras!
- Jeff Ward
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
We’re a little late with this one because I had to wait for some FOIA results from the city of Geneva. For those who didn’t already know, government agencies generally have at least five days in which to comply with a Freedom of information Act request. With the revenue data now in hand, we’ll once again turn to that most heinous of all municipal money making devices, the patently unconstitutional red-light camera. But first, I want to thank state Sen. Chris Lauzen for reminding me just how much I appreciate my semi-sedate kind of life. To paraphrase Beacon-News reporter Matt Hanley, there’s nothing like standing on a muddy street corner while vehicles whiz right by you at 50 mph to make you feel truly alive. Lauzen called his Feb. 16 …