Just as most Chicagoans were heading into the holiday weekend and tuning out the news, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the full list of 50 locations where the city will put up ticket-issuing speed cameras near parks and schools by the end of the year.
The Emanuel administration previously had announced 12 of the locations where one or more of the cops in a box will be keeping an eye on motorists during school and park hours. A news release issued Friday afternoon includes the other 38 sites.
Each camera, like those already up, will trigger warning tickets during the first 30 days. After that, drivers exceeding the speed limit by between 6 and 10 mph will get $35 tickets in the mail. Those exceeding the limit by more than 10 mph will get $100 tickets.
Near parks, the cameras will be active when the parks are open, generally from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. The speed limits near parks is 30 mph.
Near schools, the cameras will be active from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on school days. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., the speed limit in those areas is 20 mph when children are present and 30 mph when they are not. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the limit is 30 mph.
Under state law, the city can install the cameras at up to 300 schools and parks in designated safety zones. A Tribune analysis showed they could cover nearly half the city.
Although Emanuel repeatedly has said the program is designed to make the city’s children safer, it’s clear that it also will significantly beef up city revenue.
If as many tickets are issued by the cameras as violations counted during test runs, the city could issue $1.2 million in fines a month in each safety zone. That would end up bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars, far more money than the city’s estimated $40 million to $60 million a year.
Here's a list of the speed camera locations:
Four of the locations were to have cameras up and issuing warning tickets for their first 30 days of operation by the end of this week.
*Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave.
*Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave.
*Washington Park, 5331 S. King Drive
*Marquette Park, 6743 S. Kedzie Ave.
At eight other locations, cameras will be up by the end of September:
*Legion Park, 3100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
*Humboldt Park 1440 N. Humboldt Drive
*Jones College Prep, 606 S. State St.
*Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive
*McKinley Park 2210 W. Pershing Road
*Curie High School; 4959 S. Archer Ave.
*Abbott Park, 49 E. 95th St.
*Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St.
The other locations where they will be up by the end of the year:
*Abbott Park, 49 E. 95th St.
*Bogan Computer Technical High School, 3939 W. 79th St.
*Jonathan Burr Elementary School, 1621 W. Wabansia Ave.
*Challenger Playlot Park, 1100 W. Irving Park Rd.
*Christopher Elementary School, 5042 S. Artesian Ave.
*Frances Xavier Warde School, 751 N. State St.
*Gage Park, 2415 W. 55th St.
*Hancock Elementary School, 4034 W. 56th St.
*Harvard Elementary School, 7525 S. Harvard Ave.
*Horan Park, 3035 W. Van Buren St.
*Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Ave.
*Icci Academy, 6435 W. Belmont Ave.
*Jefferson Park, 4822 N. Long Ave.
*Lane Tech College Prep High School, 2501 W. Addison St.
*Lorca Elementary School, 3231 N. Springfield Ave.
*Major Taylor Bike Trail, 970 W. 115th St.
*McGuane Park, 2901 S. Poplar Ave.
*Merrimac Park, 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.
*Morgan Park High School, 1744 W. Pryor Ave.
*Ogden Plaza Park, 429 N. Columbus Dr.
*Orr Academy High School, 730 N. Pulaski Rd.
*Park No. 499, 3925 E. 104th St.
*Lucy Parsons Park, 4701 W. Belmont Ave.
*Pickard Elementary School, 2301 W. 21st Place
*Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave.
*Prosser Vocational High School, 2148 N. Long Ave.
*Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.
*Roberto Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Ave.
*Rosenblum Park, 2000 E. 75th St.
*Sauganash Elementary School, 6040 N. Kilpatrick Ave.
*Schaefer Playlot Park, 2415 N. Marshfield Ave.
*Senn Playlot Park, 5887 N. Ridge Ave.
*Sherman Park, 1307 W. 52nd St.
*St. Genevieve Catholic School, 4854 W. Montana St.
*St. Rita of Cascia High School, 7740 S. Western Ave.
*Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St.
*Warren Elementary School, 9239 S. Jeffery Ave.
*Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.