* There are benefits to representing safe districts and not facing a primary challenge. For instance, you can introduce bills like this without much worry…
State Rep. Jay Hoffman wants to expand Illinois’ speed-camera law so that not just Chicago can install the devices. […]
He said Thursday there weren’t any metro-east municipalities that approached him about wanting speed cameras.
“Some of the school organizations that represent school administrators talked to us about it, for safety purposes,” Hoffman said. “I don’t want to mandate it, but to allow the option statewide, instead of just Chicago. It would just give the option to local school boards and local municipalities, who would have to approve it if they have a safety issue and want these devices.”
The current law allows installation of speed cameras only in a “safety zone” — an area within one-eighth of a mile of a school or public park. It allows a fine up to $100 for a speeding violation.
Peoria, which is far from Hoffman’s district, is apparently interested in the speed cams.