East Dundee Red Light Demonstration

Allen Skillikorn is in the foreground.

Allen Skillikorn is in the foreground.

Led by East Dundee Village Trustee Allen Skillicorn, folks gathered in East Dundee Saturday at the intersection of Routes 68 and 72 to demonstration against red light cameras.

Skillicorn has announced that he might be running for State Representative in the district now represented by Mike Tryon.

The only announced candidate–by State Board of Election filing, rather than press release–Dan Wilbrandt is a Trustee of West Dundee.

Some of those who rallied against red light cameras in East Dundee with Allen Skillicorn.

Some of those who rallied against red light cameras in East Dundee with Allen Skillicorn.

About a dozen people took part, Skillicorn wrote McHenry County Blog.

“Thousands of honks.”

Flyers were passed out urging people to contact the West Dundee Village Board members.

Flyers were passed out urging people to contact the West Dundee Village Board members.

“The police asked us not to hand out flyers after a  complaint.

“I will foia [Freedom of Information Act] the complaint,” Skillicorn said.

A view of some of the signs at the red light camera demonstration.

A view of some of the signs at the red light camera demonstration.

Julie Fox, President of the Fox Valley Libertarians, organized the event.

She wrote,

“Local residents responded by telling us a number of different stories about their negative experiences, including getting rear-ended at these intersections and getting tickets.

“The owner of a local business was the best supporter.

“He came out of the blue to ask me if he could hold my sign.

“He and his wife both received tickets for $100.

Demonstrators against red light camera in East Dundee.

Demonstrators against red light camera in West Dundee.

“He said that it was obvious the cameras don’t reduce accidents, as his business is at the intersection we protested at, and he said he sees about six accidents there each day.

“We had beautiful weather and great response from local residents for our protest today.

“Thanks to all who came out, particularly Scott Davis, who traveled from Chicago. Scott brought great signs and his own great activist spirit, and really helped to make today’s protest a great success!”

Skillicorn red light demo 6-6-15 end the contract“The most positive aspect of political activism, whether it be involvement in local issues or running for office, is when individuals come forth who you never recruited or expected, and offer to get involved because they believe in what you are doing.

“Today was one of those cases, when this local business owner suddenly appeared before me and asked if he could hold my sign. Priceless!”


Comments

East Dundee Red Light Demonstration — 12 Comments

  1. Hey!

    That’s Bob Cozza giving the nix sign in the second photo.

    Good for you, Bob!

  2. Isn’t the guy running against Tryon for the red light cameras?

  3. If you don’t disobey the law you shouldn’t have to worry. I see drivers turning right on red almost hitting pedestrians. After all doesn’t this county like law and order.

  4. Hello Karma.

    Yes, we citizen taxpayers like law and order.

    However, the rule of law doesn’t seem to matter or apply when it comes to the continuous flood of people coming into and staying in the United States illegally.

    The city of Chicago has demonstrated that red light and speed cameras are for revenue enhancement only.

    So, what to do about the illegal alien law breakers Karma?

  5. It will be interesting to see if ‘the candidate’ has anything substantial to offer other than hijacking meaningless protests and claiming them as his own.

    While I would agree that red light cameras need to be eliminated, standing on a corner with 12 people accomplished nothing.

    What would be impressive is if ‘the candidate’ actually did something meaningful to try and eliminate them.

  6. BS Bilbo.

    We handed out hundreds of flyers and had thousands of people honking in support.

    If just a few of those people call their Trustees it could make a difference.

    You can’t say it doesn’t make a difference until the vote.

    Two trustees are considered swing votes on this issue, and if citizens contact them, they may change their mind and ban the cameras.

    That would bring the no votes up to four and they’d be gone.

    I’ve been to cannabis marches in Chicago, and both times there were laws passed days after which eased up on cannabis, so someone paid attention.

    What better way to get the word out than to stand on a busy intersection?

    12 people in a town with what 3000 people?

    I go to city council meetings in a much larger city with less people in attendance than that.

    As for anything substantial to offer, does opposing tax increases count?

    As for what he’s doing to get rid of them, FVLP and Skillicorn are holding protests, contacting their trustees, walking door to door, and putting out robocalls to educate and mobilize people.

    Skillicorn WILL vote NO on red light cameras.

    How’s that for “doing something.”

    You agree with getting rid of them, but what are you doing?

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