The man who was formerly second-in-command of Chicago’s Department of Transportation was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $2 million in restitution for his role in the city’s red light camera scandal.
In January, a jury found 55-year-old John Bills guilty of accepting up to $2 million in cash and gifts to steer contracts to Redflex, which became the city’s red light camera vendor in 2003. Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Redflex as the city’s red light camera operator after the allegations first surfaced in 2012.
During the trial, prosecutors said Bills received hotel rooms, golf trips, a condo in Arizona, an apartment on the South Side, a Mercedes and $600,000 in exchange for steering contracts to Redflex.
“It was just me being me, a regular guy placed in a tough position. And I made some tremendous, tremendous ethical mistakes,” Bills said.
Bills apologized for his actions, while maintaining he was only taking orders.
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Written by: Leah Hope