Jury Convicts Ex-Chicago Official In Red-light Camera Case

Jan 26, 2016

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A federal jury has convicted a former Chicago official on all counts for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company. Jurors returned with a guilty verdict on all 20 counts this afternoon. They began deliberating Monday.

Prosecutors accused John Bills, the former second-in-command at Chicago's Department of Transportation, of accepting cash and gifts to help Redflex Traffic Systems obtain contracts. In final arguments, U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon pointed out hotels stays, golf trips, an Arizona condominium, a South Side Chicago apartment and a Mercedes given to Bills for his efforts.