Illinois Democrat facing federal bribery charges tied to red light cameras

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An Illinois state senator is facing federal bribery charges involving an alleged red-light camera scheme. 

Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, is accused of asking for a bribe from “Company A,” a Chicago-area entity that provided automated traffic enforcement systems, commonly known as “red-light cameras.” These cameras enabled municipalities to enforce traffic violations and issue traffic-violation tickets. 

State Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, in an interview with FOX 32. 

In early 2019, Jones introduced Senate Bill 1297, which would require the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to conduct a statewide study of automated traffic law enforcement systems, which included red-light cameras. 

Later that year, Jones offered to protect one specific red-light camera from the legislation in exchange for a bribe, according to court filings made public Tuesday. 

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