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(Chicago Trib)   Chicago officials are shocked - Shocked, I tell you - to discover that the company which almost got the contract to install red light cameras in Chicago spent over two million dollars bribing public officials during the bidding process   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 56
    More: Obvious, Chicago, red light cameras, officials, Redflex, reasonable person, parent company, Redflex Traffic Systems Inc.  
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2013-03-03 11:29:39 AM  
no one has been arrested yet?
WHY the fark not???
 
2013-03-03 11:34:58 AM  
I'm shocked, too. Since when does it cost that much to bribe a few Chicago politicians? They used to be the best deal around.
 
2013-03-03 11:39:51 AM  
The time has come to legislate cock punches.
 
2013-03-03 11:41:55 AM  

namatad: no one has been arrested yet?
WHY the fark not???


No one's bribed the DA to charge them yet.
 
2013-03-03 11:43:00 AM  
i1079.photobucket.com "Corruption starts in the streets with the little peddlers. They bribe an assemblyman, the assemblyman bribes a councilman, the councilman bribes a senator, and the senator-- it goes all the way up to the emperor."
"..."  i1079.photobucket.com
i1079.photobucket.com  "Sh*t"
 
2013-03-03 11:49:28 AM  

namatad: no one has been arrested yet?
WHY the fark not???


It's Chicago. The story was story was most likely broken when someone who didn't get a piece of the action, or was getting paid off by a rival camera supplier, made an "anonymous" tip to the Tribune.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-03-03 12:16:10 PM  
Longer article from last month here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-redlight-executive-fi r ed-20130222,0,2803221.story.

Redflex officially learned of the bribery in 2010. The company called it a one time mistake until Chicago disqualified Redflex from bidding on the next contract. Then it was a shocking betrayal by a formerly trusted executive.

By terminating the contract Chicago gains ownership of all the ticketing hardware. It's not clear how much that is worth to the city, because a complete ticketing system is more than just cameras and sensors.
 
2013-03-03 12:25:48 PM  
...the company which almost got the contract to install red light cameras in Chicago spent over two million dollars bribing public officials during the bidding process.

So what about the company that did get the contract? How much did they spend bribing public officials?
 
2013-03-03 12:37:29 PM  
i294.photobucket.com

/YOU SHOULD HAVE NEVER TALKED TO THE NEWS REPORTERS ABOUT THOSE NATIVE AMERICAN ART THINGAMAJIGS
//Double slashies to prove that caps lock is cruise control for the cool
 
2013-03-03 01:18:22 PM  

Nabb1: namatad: no one has been arrested yet?
WHY the fark not???

No one's bribed the DA to charge them yet.


I guess it is time for the feds to get involved. Esp since it is a federal case. Foreign companies and all.
 
2013-03-03 01:49:36 PM  

namatad: no one has been arrested yet?
WHY the fark not???


That's the Chicago way
 
2013-03-03 02:23:18 PM  
Dear owners and operators of Redflex: for the right price, I could be...persuaded to rage in apoplectic fury at the corrupt politicians while minimizing or even completely ignoring your role in the alleged bribery.
 
2013-03-03 02:28:58 PM  
Dear Chicago politicians and officials involved in this scandal: for a modest fee, I could be...counted upon to minimize or even ignore your alleged corruption and place blame squarely upon the shady corporation seeking to undermine the bidding process.

/*makes telephone gesture with thumb and forefinger, mouths "call me" with wet, sincere eyes*
 
2013-03-03 02:55:48 PM  
I own a gas station and cab garage downtown.. You people have no idea how hard it is to navigate the sharks and other bottom feeders ...
 
2013-03-03 03:03:24 PM  
The one form of corruption guaranteed to get everyone spitting mad: when it involves red light cameras.
 
2013-03-03 03:03:31 PM  

namatad: no one has been arrested yet?
WHY the fark not???


The only way for a corrupt system to continue is for it to work even at some minimal level.  The choice isn't between a corrupt government and  an honest one it is between some services - corrupt as they may be - and chaos.
 
2013-03-03 03:04:08 PM  

namatad: no one has been arrested yet?
WHY the fark not???


I don't think you understand how the US legal system works.  Did you read the article?  2 MILLION.  That's MILLION, not dozen, or hundred, or even thousand.  Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. has clearly surpassed "normal person crimes," for which you can face criminal sanctions such as jail time, and entered the zone of "rich people and corporate crimes," for which the penalty is nothing at all or perhaps a month or two on a guarded golf course before spending another few months on house arrest in your mansion.
 
2013-03-03 03:11:08 PM  
ThanksObama.jpg
 
2013-03-03 03:11:14 PM  
Let's not elect any more Chicago politicians to national office.
 
2013-03-03 03:16:44 PM  

Vectron: Let's not elect any more Chicago politicians to national office.


Well considering our last choice was either a Chicago Politician or a Massachusetts Politician, I honestly can't tell the difference in terms of corruption.
 
2013-03-03 03:23:35 PM  

ArkAngel: namatad: no one has been arrested yet?
WHY the fark not???

That's the Chicago way of the world.


fixed that for humans

I guess in some way it cracks me up when people assume that corruption isnt rife worldwide.
 
2013-03-03 03:24:31 PM  

Vectron: Let's not elect any more Chicago politicians to national office.


lol
know things have been TERRIBLE!!!
Hell, my 401k is up only 10% year to date!!!
 
2013-03-03 03:25:19 PM  

Vectron: Let's not elect any more Chicago politicians to national office.


What does this have to do with Chicago red light cameras? Seriously, please illuminate.

The topic of this Fark thread is that a company that did not get the contract to install its cameras attempted to bribe local officials. It has nothing to do with anyone elected to national office.

So, go ahead make the connection you believe exists.
 
2013-03-03 03:25:57 PM  

Emposter: namatad: no one has been arrested yet?
WHY the fark not???

I don't think you understand how the US legal system works.  Did you read the article?  2 MILLION.  That's MILLION, not dozen, or hundred, or even thousand.  Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. has clearly surpassed "normal person crimes," for which you can face criminal sanctions such as jail time, and entered the zone of "rich people and corporate crimes," for which the penalty is nothing at all or perhaps a month or two on a guarded golf course before spending another few months on house arrest in your mansion.


img17.imageshack.us
 
2013-03-03 03:26:24 PM  

Vectron: Let's not elect any more Chicago politicians to national office.


Yeah, let's election a Kentucky Politician, or a Texas Politiican, or even yet, a Florida Politician.

Those choices are much much better!
 
2013-03-03 03:26:54 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

"The fix is in!"
 
2013-03-03 03:30:32 PM  

namatad: I guess in some way it cracks me up when people assume that corruption isnt rife worldwide.



If people think they can get away with something, most of them will try it. I thought we all learned that by kindergarten?
 
2013-03-03 03:32:54 PM  

namatad: Nabb1: namatad: no one has been arrested yet?
WHY the fark not???

No one's bribed the DA to charge them yet.

I guess it is time for the feds to get involved. Esp since it is a federal case. Foreign companies and all.


LOL, you do know who's running that part of the Fed, right? And you know where he's from, right?
 
2013-03-03 03:34:12 PM  

Mrtraveler01: Vectron: Let's not elect any more Chicago politicians to national office.

Yeah, let's election a Kentucky Politician, or a Texas Politiican, or even yet, a Florida Politician.

Those choices are much much better!


The corrupt firm paid millions to a consultant. Mrtraveler all your posts are green here, but in this case you are responding to a shill. Please stop it.
 
2013-03-03 03:35:58 PM  
Held town hall meetings in Phoenix for corruption that occurred in Chicago? I love our corporate overlords.
 
2013-03-03 03:37:04 PM  

Delay: Mrtraveler01: Vectron: Let's not elect any more Chicago politicians to national office.

Yeah, let's election a Kentucky Politician, or a Texas Politiican, or even yet, a Florida Politician.

Those choices are much much better!

The corrupt firm paid millions to a consultant. Mrtraveler all your posts are green here, but in this case you are responding to a shill. Please stop it.


Oopsie, my bad.

BTW: Hasn't this same firm been in hot water before?
 
2013-03-03 03:37:58 PM  

germ78: Held town hall meetings in Phoenix for corruption that occurred in Chicago? I love our corporate overlords.


Makes sense. Half of Chicago is in Phoenix right now anyway.

/Spring Training FTW
 
2013-03-03 03:39:32 PM  
Might be time to resurrect The Wire and set it in Chicago...

i47.tinypic.com


/Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit
 
2013-03-03 03:40:48 PM  
Why did they to to Australia for this contract? There's probably enough companies here to do it.

Plus they know how to bribe better.
 
2013-03-03 03:43:07 PM  

Mrtraveler01: Oopsie, my bad.


No problem at all. I get sucked in by the trolls all too often. Please don't let this diminish your Fark posts. I enjoy them very much.
 
2013-03-03 03:50:30 PM  
Look, you ungrateful taxpayers:  if you weren't subsidized by private companies, you couldn't pay politicians enough to put up with your biatching.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-03-03 04:04:30 PM  
Redflex did get the red light camera contract, contrary to the Fark headline. Redlfex is not eligible to bid on the next renewal.
 
2013-03-03 04:09:37 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: ...the company which almost got the contract to install red light cameras in Chicago spent over two million dollars bribing public officials during the bidding process.

So what about the company that did get the contract? How much did they spend bribing public officials?


Came here for this, leaving wondering the answer.

ZAZ: Redflex did get the red light camera contract, contrary to the Fark headline. Redlfex is not eligible to bid on the next renewal.


and Whoomph!, there's the answer!
 
2013-03-03 04:10:37 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: I'm shocked, too. Since when does it cost that much to bribe a few Chicago politicians? They used to be the best deal around.


Ask Joe Kennedy...
 
2013-03-03 04:12:40 PM  

PhiloeBedoe:  "Corruption starts in the streets with the little peddlers. They bribe an assemblyman, the assemblyman bribes a councilman, the councilman bribes a senator, and the senator-- it goes all the way up to the emperor."
"..."  
  "Sh*t"


Should be a photoshop contest. Obamas picture would meld well with Mel's.
 
2013-03-03 04:20:05 PM  

cman: Emposter: namatad: no one has been arrested yet?
WHY the fark not???

I don't think you understand how the US legal system works.  Did you read the article?  2 MILLION.  That's MILLION, not dozen, or hundred, or even thousand.  Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. has clearly surpassed "normal person crimes," for which you can face criminal sanctions such as jail time, and entered the zone of "rich people and corporate crimes," for which the penalty is nothing at all or perhaps a month or two on a guarded golf course before spending another few months on house arrest in your mansion.

[img17.imageshack.us image 640x480]


I hadn't realized the reality bubble encompasses the right's understanding of the legal system as well...learn something new every day.
 
2013-03-03 04:41:00 PM  

Emposter: cman: Emposter: namatad: no one has been arrested yet?
WHY the fark not???

I don't think you understand how the US legal system works.  Did you read the article?  2 MILLION.  That's MILLION, not dozen, or hundred, or even thousand.  Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. has clearly surpassed "normal person crimes," for which you can face criminal sanctions such as jail time, and entered the zone of "rich people and corporate crimes," for which the penalty is nothing at all or perhaps a month or two on a guarded golf course before spending another few months on house arrest in your mansion.

[img17.imageshack.us image 640x480]

I hadn't realized the reality bubble encompasses the right's understanding of the legal system as well...learn something new every day.


They understand it fine, they're just a bunch of authoritarian tools who think that it's how things should be.
 
2013-03-03 05:30:48 PM  
They were just pissed they couldnt out bribe the competition.

Otherwise you wouldve never heard about it.
 
2013-03-03 05:39:07 PM  
Unlike other places, for lack of a better phrase, I'll say Chicago has "working corruption."  It makes any process involving government more expensive, but, GENERALLY, the corruption is less harmful, although rather wide-spread.  An example: If you have local plates on your car, and get pulled over for speeding, ask the officer how fast you were going.  You may well get an answer something like "You were going $25 over the limit."  Hand the officer $25 with your license, get a warning, and go on your way.  You avoid a ticket, and possibly a trial, a good part of the fine, and the officer gets a good lunch.  It's not right, but it works.
 
2013-03-03 06:30:40 PM  
Chicago, The Machine. Let's put those folks in charge of the whole country.
 
2013-03-03 06:45:29 PM  
If super-corrupt Chicago couldn't even get the olympics, it makes you wonder if they're losing their touch.
 
2013-03-03 06:56:23 PM  

germ78: If super-corrupt Chicago couldn't even get the olympics, it makes you wonder if they're losing their touch.


They had some real good competition, they lost to Rio after all.
 
2013-03-03 07:11:27 PM  
I use Redflex all the time. I get a movie. Watch it. Return it.
 
2013-03-03 07:11:32 PM  

namatad: ArkAngel: namatad: no one has been arrested yet?
WHY the fark not???

That's the Chicago way of the world.

fixed that for humans

I guess in some way it cracks me up when people assume that corruption isnt rife worldwide.


It is, but few do it as well as Chicago.
 
2013-03-03 07:15:40 PM  
Commercial Free Speech It's the Chicago way.
 
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