Tobin Says Traffic Speed Cameras to Protect City Pensions, Not Children, Roll Call

A press release from Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America:


Chicago–The plan by the City of Chicago to install automated speed cameras in locations covering nearly half the city have nothing to do with protecting school children, but, rather, will be used to protect and bolster the lavish, gold-plated pensions of retired city government employees, according to the president of Taxpayers United of Illinois (TUA).

“On Wednesday, the State Senate approved this expansion of cameras in Chicago by a 32-24 vote, and now the legislation goes to the State House,” said Jim Tobin, TUA President.

“Senate President John Cullerton (D-6, Chicago) helped his Democratic buddy, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D), by pushing this legislation through the Senate, and now Chicago Machine Boss and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-22, Chicago) will attempt to shepherd SB965 through the Illinois House.”

Here is the Senate Votes on SB965:

Both McHenry County State Senators voted against the bill, but, inexplicably, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno voted in favor. IThe bill passed by three votes, as did two past GOP candidates for Governor: Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard.

Jim Tobin

“This expansion of speed cameras has nothing to do with protecting school children,” said Tobin. “If the purpose were school safety, then the automatic speed cameras would be limited to school speed zones and cover no more than 10 percent of city streets.

“This is a blatant, cynical attempt to pour millions of dollars into city coffers at the expense of Chicago drivers to benefit greedy bureaucrats and city employees.”

Click here to view the Top 100 Chicago Police Pensions.

“I urge Chicago Taxpayers to contact their State Representatives and urge them to vote against SB 965 passed by the Illinois Senate.”

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Tobin, you may remember, asserted that the entire reason for the Democrats’ increasing the state income tax by 67% was to pay for state pensions. Since then, I have read similar analyses in mainstream media.

And, of course, you already know that as a retired state representative I received a state pension.


Tobin Says Traffic Speed Cameras to Protect City Pensions, Not Children, Roll Call — 6 Comments

  1. I am so fed up with this state.

    I hate living here just because of the governmental greed.(well that and public sector unions)

    The voters who keep voting these idiots back in aren’t any better.

    People need to wake up!

    Occupy Wall Street and Chicago and Oakland and wherever they are have a lot of valid points.

    We need to demand change, and we certainly aren’t getting the information we need for change from the mainstream media.

    Back to this very important subject. The cameras are unconstitutional because they do not allow the accused to face his or her accuser. Period.

    I did write Franks about this travesty.

  2. Perhaps this Tobin dude should weigh in on the ComEd scam? That SmartGrid nonsense is bunk, yet he and his group zip their lips. Is he on ComEd’s payroll along with the politicians?

  3. Yeah PJ, your “occupy this” brethren, with all their left wing liberal, anti capitalist, marxisms and NO conceptual idea what their real objectives are have some valid points (just don’t expect any of them to be able to enumerate them).

    The protestation over millionaires not paying the occupiers idea of whatever tax amount they, (when 47% of American’s pay no Federal Income Tax and probably amount to most all of the occupiers), in their infinite, never left home, minds feel are equitable is the single dumbest thing I’ve witnessed in years.

  4. Hey Ned,

    Taxpayers United of America doesn’t receive funding from Com Ed. We are a grassroots non-profit organization that receives contribution from individuals.

    Please feel free to email me details of the Com Ed scam to

    Kind regards,
    Taxpayers United of America

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