Patch Flash: Joe Walsh Screams ‘Don’t Blame Banks’
Chicagoland news to talk about: DuPage activist leads opposition to Red Light Camera Bill.
U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) met with some constituents in the Chicago suburb of Gurnee Sunday -- and apparently didn't like what some of them had to say about the role of big banks in the financial collapse. After one attendee grilled Walsh about the lack of regulation which ultimately allowed banks to bet against their own customers, another pointed out the presence of bank lobbyists in Congress and other financial regulatory agencies. Walsh cut off the man, and screamed at him: "Don't blame the banks ... that pisses me off" before telling the calm constituent that he was going to ask him to leave if he didn't stop talking.
Not so fast, says an opponent of red light speeding ticket cameras.
Peter Breen, founder of BanRedCams, a grassroots initiative to end the use of red light cameras in Illinois, is leading opposition to a bill that was approved, Tuesday, by an Illinois House of Representatives panel and is expected to go to the full House later this week. The bill is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s speed camera legislation to use cameras in Chicago designed to slow down traffic to increase public safety near schools and parks. The red light companies and municipalities may say that the installation of the lights is a safety issue, Breen said. “In reality, it is a dollar-and-cents decision.
Reduced penalities for marijuana possession can help area youth, said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. She said the city's current penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana are one hurdle for students trying to find jobs and stay out of further trouble.
Currently, some marijuana cases result in a criminal record, and Tisdahl said that record can prevent youth from getting hired.
Chicago could see its first snowfall of the season late Wednesday as temperatures are expected to dip and rain could turn into snowflakes. The snow is not expected to stick.