More Freeway Cameras Are Coming to Cook County, DuSable Lake Shore Drive Freeways Under New Law | Chicago News


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Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Cook County and state highways will see additional cameras to help law enforcement investigate carjackings, shootings and other crimes.

Governor JB Pritzker signed into law two bills on Friday that will expand the use of freeway cameras in nearly two dozen Illinois counties and allow the cameras to be used along Illinois’ most famous thoroughfare. Chicago.

“There is nothing more important than keeping Illinois safe – in our schools, in our parks and on our highways,” Pritzker said in a statement. “By signing this bill, law enforcement agencies will have the tools to respond to criminal activity quickly and effectively, ensuring the safety and security of our residents, while holding perpetrators accountable.”

The first bill signed, HB 4481, will increase the number of cameras on Illinois state highways and highways in Cook County as well as Boone, Bureau, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Henry, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Macon, Madison, McHenry, Morgan, Peoria, Rock Island, Sangamon, St. Clair, Will and Winnebago counties.

The state budget for the coming fiscal year included $20 million to expand the technology, Pritzker’s office said.

The second bill, HB 260, allows the use of freeway cameras along DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Both bills come into force immediately.

Already this year, there have been 69 highway shootings in the Cook County area, according to Pritzker’s office. Thirty-two of these shots resulted in injuries and one person was killed.

There were 264 reported highway shootings in Illinois last year, the governor’s office said. Of these, 114 resulted in injuries and 22 resulted in fatalities. In 2020, 72 people were shot and seven killed in similar shootings.

Already, the Illinois State Police, along with the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Transportation, have installed more than 150 automated license plate readers along Chicago’s freeways, including the Interstate Dan Ryan, I-90, I-290, I-55 and I-57. . There are plans to install about 150 more throughout the summer.

“Freeway cameras are an indispensable tool in fighting crime on Jean-Baptiste DuSable Lake Shore Drive,” Sen. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) said in a statement. “Protecting our lakefront communities and this critical infrastructure is a top priority and I am proud to see Governor Pritzker sign this law to expand the freeway camera program.”

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