Ex-Chicago official gets 10 years in red-light camera case

Posted at 6:15 AM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 14:30:27-04

A former Chicago transportation official has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a company in Phoenix.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall sentenced John Bills on Monday in Chicago. Federal prosecutors had asked the judge for at least a 10-year prison sentence.

The former second-in-command at Chicago's Department of Transportation was convicted in January of bribery, conspiracy and extortion.

Bills was accused of accepting envelopes stuffed with cash, along with gifts -- including condos in two states and a Mercedes -- to help Redflex Traffic Systems obtain contracts in a decade-long scheme.

Bills' attorney, Nishay Sanan, had asked for a more lenient three-to-four year sentence.