Chicago lawmaker pleads in red light camera scandal

A Chicago state senator pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges of lying to the FBI and asking for a bribe to oppose legislation that would have required an agency-wide assessment Status of Red Light Camera Systems.

Sen. Emil Jones III, the latest official implicated in the bribery scheme, pleaded by telephone before U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood.

“I plead not guilty, Your Honor,” he said quietly.

Jones has an unsecured bond of $10,000.

Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday called on Jones to step down from his seat, a day after Jones resigned from his unpaid job as deputy leader of the Senate Democrats and $11,098-a-year committee chairman at the request of Senate Speaker Don Harmon.

Jones is running unopposed in the November 8 general election.

Prosecutors allege Jones, a South Side Democrat, told a person interested in camera system operator SafeSpeed ​​that he would protect it from General Assembly legislation in exchange for $5,000 and d a job for an anonymous associate.

Prosecutors did not name the red-light camera company, but SafeSpeed ​​released a statement Tuesday saying a former associate was involved.

Neither SafeSpeed ​​nor its current owners have been accused of wrongdoing.

This story was originally published September 23, 2022 3:33 p.m.

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