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Ex-Chicago official charged in red-light program

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 2:55 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A retired Chicago official who managed the city's red-light camera program has been arrested for allegedly accepting bribes to steer $124 million in city contracts to Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc.

The U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday that 52-year-old John Bills is charged with federal program bribery in a criminal complaint.

A longtime city official, Bills retired in 2011 as managing deputy commissioner of the city's transportation department. He managed the city's red light program and served as a member of the city's contract evaluation committee.

Allegations have arisen before related to Phoenix-based Redflex contracts. The company previously has said it has changed since those questions surfaced. A message left at its Arizona headquarters Wednesday was not immediately returned.

This week's complaint doesn't accuse it of wrongdoing.

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