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A new Illinois law eliminates the requirement that drivers post their license as bail for certain traffic tickets. The “Sign and Drive” law (Senate Bill 2583) permits the driver’s signature on the traffic citation to guarantee their appearance in court or payment of required fines.

Under the new law, the Secretary of State may still suspend the driving privileges of those drivers who fail to comply with the citation. Driver’s are no longer required to hand over their driver’s license, which for many is the only form of identification they carry. The new law, signed by Gov. Quinn on Saturday, is effective immediately.

Drivers won’t need to hand over license as bail for traffic offenses,, August 10, 2014

On Sunday, Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law restricting police departments from imposing ticket quotas on officers in Illinois. The Governor stated that officers should “not be forced to ticket motorists to satisfy a quota system” and explained that the new law will “prevent motorists from facing unnecessary anxiety when they encounter a police vehicle.” The new law applies to all ticket types including traffic tickets (i.e. speeding tickets) and parking tickets. The new law even extends to hunting and fishing citations.

Effective immediately, officers in Illinois cannot be required to issue a certain number of citations within a specific timeframe. The new law also prohibits a county or municipality from comparing the number of tickets issued by one officer to another officer for purposes of evaluating job performance. While critics argue that the law restricts departments from holding officers accountable for performance, supporters believe the law allows officers with the freedom to do their job protecting the public.

Gov. Quinn signs bill banning ticket quotas for police,, June 15, 2014

Final notice was given by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office Wednesday before the new automated speed cameras near parks and schools we begin issuing real tickets. Some of the cameras have been running under a grace period over the last couple of months but will soon be switching to enforcement mode as early as Wednesday. However, it is now reported that speeders will be given a second chance. The system will send a warning ticket first and the driver is only fined on a second offense.

According to city officials, a $100 fine will be imposed for speeds of 11 mph or more over the limit during the initial phase. Drivers will not yet be ticketed for driving 6 to 9 mph over the limit. Drivers traveling at exactly 10 mph over the limit may face a $35 fine at this time. The city will gradually lower the speed threshold and those speeding 6-10 mph will face a $35 fine.

During the 45-day grace period, the first nine cameras near four city parks issued 222,843 warnings. According to the Tribune, if real tickets, they would reportedly have generated $13.3 million. Projected over an entire year they would have generated $106 million. City City officials argue that revenue will drop as drivers change behavior. They cite statistics demonstrating that warnings issued by the first 9 cameras decreased by 43% within the first two weeks of operation. Enforcement hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday in school zones and from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week near parks.

Driver’s charged with traffic offenses in Cook County should be aware of a new court initiative. Beginning in September, Cook County will provide comprehensive Secretary of State data to prosecutors on minor traffic court calls. Previously, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office used recidivism sheets which only provided data from an offender’s Cook County county court record.

The new recidivism sheets will contain an offender’s Illinois Secretary of State driving record which includes out-of-county and potentially out-of-state traffic violations. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office already has full Secretary of State data for major traffic court calls (i.e. DUI, driving on suspended license, etc.). Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County Timothy Evans reportedly facilitated an agreement between representatives of the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court and the Illinois Secretary of State.

New Cook County court initiative aimed at keeping dangerous drivers off the road, Illinois Lawyer Now,, August 23, 2013

Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday that will raise the speed limit on rural interstates to 70 mph. Quinn overcame opposition from the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police, bringing Illinois law in line with neighboring states. Current speeding laws mandate 55 mph in metropolitan areas and 65 on rural highways. The new law allows the six-county Chicago region (Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, McHenry and Will) to keep maximum speed limits below 70 mph. Concerns about maintaining continuity between all surrounding counties have been raised. Interstates that run through multiple counties could have varying speed limits along different stretches. Additionally, critics argue that safety concerns have been ignored in favor of a decision that is politically popular. The new law becomes effective January 1, 2014.

Speed limit on Illinois’ rural highways to hit 70,, August 20, 2013

A 30-year-old Chicago woman was charged with driving under the influence and nine counts of child endangerment after her SUV rolled over on I-57 early Friday. The children, some without seatbelts, ranged in age from 3 to 14. According to the Illinois State Police, four of the children in the vehicle are believed to be hers. The crash happened on the South Side of Chicago near 99th Street around 12:20 a.m. Witnesses claimed that the SUV was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed in the southbound lanes of I-57 before rolling over onto the right embankment. Nine children and two adulta were hospitalized. A couple of the passengers were reported to be in serious-to-critical condition but, fortunately, none of the injuries were described as life-threatening. Tonica S. Conwell is facing DUI, child endangerment, and child-restraint charges. Illinois State Police are continuing their investigation.

Mom charged with DUI after kids hurt in SUV rollover,, August 2, 2013
DUI charges filed in I-57 crash that injured 9 children,, August 2, 2013

A five-year contract to install speed cameras in Chicago was finalized by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration last week. The $67 million contract allows the installation of up to 300 cameras designed to catch speeders around city schools and parks. As few as 50 locations could be in operation this year due to a slow rollout. According to a city spokesman, cameras may be installed as early as August and speed camera tickets may be issued as early as September. Emanuel projects $15 million in revenue this year. The cameras are permitted by city ordinance to be installed within one-eighth of a mile of city schools and parks. However, in effect, the cameras could cover roughly half of the city.

The contract the city may buy or lease each $98,000 camera system from American Traffic Solutions, Inc. The city’s intent is to lease the systems, and pay ATS $3,750 a month to maintain and operate each camera. The purchase option would result in a $2,900 per month fee. The contract includes three two-year extension options.

Speed camera tickets may start in September,, July 18, 2013

“Julie’s Law”, effective July 1, 2013, is another step toward stricter traffic laws in Illinois. The new, harsher Illinois speeding law was signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on July 20, 2012. Under the new law, drivers caught speeding more than 30 mph over the posted speed limit on highways or 25 mph over in urban areas are no longer eligible for court supervision. The new sentencing law comes after laws criminalizing aggravated speeding (i.e. more than 30 mph over the limit) became effective January 1, 2011.

Court supervision is a non-conviction disposition commonly handed down to drivers with clean records. Because court supervision is not reported on a driver’s public record, the offense does not result in license consequences (i.e. suspension). In addition, court supervision is not reported to insurance providers and, in turn, does not cause rate increases. Because court supervision is no longer a legal sentence for these offenses, a conviction is the only possible sentence after a plea of guilty or finding of guilty after trial.

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Dean A. Suominen, 37, of Shorewood avoided jail time after pleading guilty Tuesday in DuPage County to misdemeanor DUI and reckless driving after officials allege he was traveling at more than 140 mph at the time of the incident. Suominen was charged on January 10, 2012 after his Dodge Charger veered off the road, went airborne, and struck a billboard in Naperville. His BAC was reportedly at .20, more than two times the legal limit. According to prosecutors, a data recorder in the vehicle registered a speed of 142 mph just before the car left the road. Suominen was sentenced to two years of court supervision, 100 hours of community service, over $3,000 in fines, court costs and restitution. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed citations for driving too fast for conditions, improper lane usage, and speeding. He had no prior criminal history or alcohol-related driving offenses on his record according to his criminal defense attorney.

No jail for man accused of driving drunk at 142 mph,, February 27, 2013
Naperville driver accused of going 142 mph pleads guilty,, February 27, 2013

Hector Barajas, 23, was charged with driving under the influence as a result of a two-car crash that left one man dead and three other people injured. One of the vehicles hit a light pole.

One victim was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital an hour after the crash. Two of the other victims were taken to the hospital in serious to critical condition, while the third was in good to fair condition.

Along with DUI charges, Barajas was cited for reckless driving, driving without insurance and speeding.

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