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Many Suburban Towns Moving Toward Opting Out Of Cook County RLC Program

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8 Suburban Villages On Record Opposing County Cameras


The wheels are in motion.

Already eight suburban municipalities are moving toward opting out of Cook County's proposed red light camera program.

Less than a week after the Cook County board voted to allow municipalities the option to keep county red light cameras out of their town, Buffalo Grove and reportedly Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Wheeling, Wilmette, Northbrook, Glenview and Deerfield are making all the signs each town will opt out.

This comes less than a week after the county board backpedaled a bit on moving forward with their red light camera program, after commissioners started getting angry reaction to the program from many of the municipalities where 20 cameras were planned to be erected.

On Monday night, during their regular bi-monthly meeting, the Buffalo Grove village board passed a resolution thanking Cook County for allowing towns the "opt out" provision. However, because the ordinance has not been signed by Cook County Board President Todd Stroger yet, and the county has not created a procedure for allowing municipalities to exercise their option, Buffalo Grove did not specifically vote on opting out.

But it seems at least most of Buffalo Grove's trustees are in support of keeping red light cameras out of the village. In fact, the village board had rejected red light cameras back in February.

"Obviously, if we thought it was the appropriate thing to do (install RLCs) we would have done it then (back in February)," said Buffalo Grove trustee Jeffery Braiman. "My feeling is we'll get blamed for it (Cook County installed RLCs) and not get any of the benefits."

Other Buffalo Grove trustees hold similar views on the issue and are in favor of opting out including trustees DeeAnn Glover and Steven Trilling.

Schaumburg, which doesn't meet again until next Tuesday, had already expressed their opposition to the county's cameras and will officially join other municipalities in keeping RLCs from being installed within the town's borders.

The Arlington Heights village board also met on Monday and was also scheduled to take up the issue of county red light cameras and discuss the possibility of opting out according to the Daily Herald.

Then Wheeling, which is not opposed to red light cameras as it has a small program in place already, is bristling at the idea of Cook County telling the town where the cameras should be installed and will also opt out according to the Daily Herald.

In addition, according to Wilmette Life newspaper, Northbrook, Deerfield, Glenview and Wilmette are actively pushing toward opting out as well.

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