Cook County Votes to Boycott Arizona, Signs Contract with Arizona Company
By Kevin Robinson in News on Jun 2, 2010 2:00PM
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Cook County isn't the only local government handing tax dollars over to an Arizona-based business for red light cameras. The City of Chicago's nearly 200 red light cameras come from Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems. This has the city's Hispanic aldermen in a tizzy as well. The city is locked into a five-year contract is signed in 2008 with Redflex worth over $50 million. Because the technology behind the red light cameras, Reflex has a separate, $32 million contract to maintain over 130 of the cameras. Chicago's Hispanic aldermen have introduced two resolutions, one calling for a boycott, the other decrying the state's law as "racist."