No decision made Thursday after closing arguments in Elmwood Place camera lawsuit

ELMWOOD PLACE - No decision was made Thursday regarding the controversial speed cameras in Elmwood Place after attorney Mike Allen urged a judge to shut down the program.

The another court date has been scheduled for Feb. 28.

Allen says those cameras have generated $1.5 million for the Village of Elmwood Place and that the system is about revenue generation rather than public safety.

The Chief of Police in Elmwood Place says the speed cameras are still operational in the village.

If a judge rules to shut down the cameras, Allen says he will consider asking that the decision be retroactive. Such a decision could mean anyone who paid a fine could receive a refund.

Allen said he believes the appeals process for people who receive a ticket from the speed cameras does not allow for testimony from anyone other than the person who received the ticket.

Since installing two traffic cameras that record vehicle speed in September, Elmwood Place has been issuing citations at a rapid pace: 6,600 in the first month, or three times the number of village residents, with a reported $1.5 million in fines overall so far.

It's not unusual for newly-installed traffic cameras to anger people when they first open their mail to find photos, citation and a notice of the fine. But the blitz of $105 citations has roiled this economically-struggling village for months. There have been petition drives, a councilman's asking the mayor to resign, calls on Facebook and other social media to boycott the village, and a lawsuit that alleges violations of constitutional rights.

Stay with 9 On Your Side and for the latest information on the court decision.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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