ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – In order to prevent red light camera companies from influencing elected officials, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, helped pass legislation, which was signed into law by Gov. Pritzker, that creates a number of prohibitions on the political conduct that red light camera companies can engage in.
“Due to their reliance on municipalities as a key part of their business model, red light camera companies are particularly incentivized to try and influence elected officials to give them favorable deals at the expense of taxpayers,” said Manley. “This legislation will ensure that there are controls in place to prevent unethical and corrupt conduct which will ultimately harm taxpayers.”
As part of her efforts to clean up corruption in Illinois and ensure that elected officials are working in the best interests of their constituents, Manley helped pass House Bill 3903. The bill bars red light camera companies from being able to make any political donations and creates an unprecedented 2-year “revolving door” ban, preventing state and local government officials from working for those companies while in office or for two years after leaving office.
During her time in office, Manley has worked to restore the public trust in their elected officials. She helped pass a groundbreaking ethics package in 2021 which banned government officials at the state and local level from engaging in compensated lobbying, strengthened revolving door provisions, and increased powers for the Legislative Inspector General. The bill also increased transparency for lobbying activities and expanded the amount of information required to be disclosed in a Statement of Economic Interest.
“With the many issues facing our residents, it’s critical that their leaders put the interest of the community above all else,” said Manley. “Moving forward, I will continue my work to ensure that no politician should be able to line their pockets at the expense of those they serve.”