Ex-City Hall boss charged with taking bribes in red-light program

Kim Janssen

A retired City Hall official took huge bribes — including an Arizona condo and a used Mercedes — to steer the Chicago’s lucrative red light contract to a since fired firm, the feds say.

John Bills, 52, ran the red light program for nearly a decade and took bribes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to steer $124 million in city contracts to the Australian-owned Redflex Traffic Systems, a federal complaint unsealed Wednesday alleges.

The bribes included a $177,000 condominium, cash handouts and a retirement party for Bills, who visited the condo with his family more than 20 times, the complaint states.

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