Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson, and State Representative Mark Walker, a Democrat from Arlington Heights, have joined together and sent a letter to Cook County President, John Stroger, to object to the county's plans to impose red light cameras in their communities. Cook County is planning on installing 30 red light cameras at intersections involving roads controlled by Cook County. Six of the cameras will be in Schaumburg and three will be in Arlington Heights. Last month, the Cook County Board allowed communities that objected to the installation of the red light cameras to opt out of the program. Now, Stroger is threatening to turn over responsibility for those intersections back to the communities should they choose to opt out of the red light camera program. This threat is especially troubling to cash-strapped communities that would have to raise fees and possibly increase taxes to cover the cost of taking over responsibility for county roads. Schaumburg has already tried red light cameras and has since decided not to use them. Arlington Heights has also indicated its strong opposition to the use of red light cameras in their community. In the letter, Larson was diplomatic and urged Stroger to engage in a dialogue with local communities. Walker was much more combative in the letter accusing Stroger of concocting another scheme to steal money from taxpayers.
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