Roughly 35 Illinois municipalities would see red light cameras outlawed under state legislation that cleared the full House on Wednesday.
State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) introduced the legislation, which would apply to non-home rule municipalities in the state, meaning it would not cover Chicago and various other Illinois communities. Under the measure, red light cameras would be banned in non-home rule municipalities beginning in 2017.
The bill now heads to the Senate.
Initially, McSweeney put forward legislation that would ban red light cameras statewide. It would take a three-fifths majority vote to get that type of measure passed. McSweeney said the original proposal lacked the support needed to meet that vote threshold.
"It was clear to me that I didn't have the votes to get it out of Rules (Committee), leaving Chicago and other home-rule cities in the mix," McSweeney said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I think this was a good compromise."