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Chicago state senator indicted in red-light camera scandal

CHICAGO (AP) A Chicago state senator was indicted Tuesday on federal charges he sought a bribe to oppose legislation that could have required a statewide evaluation of red-light camera systems.

Sen. Emil Jones III, the most recent public official implicated in the bribery scheme, also was charged with lying to the FBI, prosecutors said.

Jones, a South Side Democrat, allegedly told a person with an intention in the camera system operator SafeSpeed he would protect it from legislation in the overall Assembly in trade for $5,000 and employment for an unnamed associate, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors didn’t name the red-light camera company, but SafeSpeed issued a statement Tuesday indicating among its former associates was involved.

As new developments in federal investigations emerged, SafeSpeed remains both shocked and saddened that certain of its former colleagues was engaged in criminal conduct, the business said.

Neither SafeSpeed nor its current owners have already been charged with any wrongdoing.

A note seeking comment from Jones, the deputy majority leader in the Senate, was left along with his Chicago office. His father, former state Senate President Emil Jones Jr., issued a statement saying the charges brought against my son, Emil Jones III, usually do not reflect the person he is. Everyone understands he is a genuine, hardworking legislator.

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