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At a time when Iowa is looking at reducing their use, you could soon be seeing more speed cameras in Illinois. 

If new legislation in passes in the state, it would allow any community to install them. 

Right now in Illinois, speed cameras can only be installed in communities with one million people or more, making Chicago the only real area they can be used. 

Belleville Democrat Jay Hoffman is introducing the legislation saying he wants one uniform law for the whole state. 

Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd said he's open to the idea of implementing them as long as they improve problem areas on the roads.

"I think they have a lot of great uses," said Sheriff Boyd. "Just like now with security, I think we have problem areas we could set them up on and we could do some enforcement and we know certain enforcements work. I don't think they're going away, I think it's something that's going to be coming."

State Representative Mike Smiddy (D- Hillsdale) agrees. 

"The one thing that I think we should do is put it in the school zones to make sure that our kids are protected," said Rep. Smiddy. 

Illinois motorists we talked to said they don't want to see any speed cameras installed in their communities. 

"I think that it's intrusive on motorists and we've got enough cameras," said Ross Shefchik. "It's more of a revenue generating issue than anything else, it's not about safety. It's about generating revenue."

"I think the speed cameras are just one more example of taking away our Civil Rights, one by one and our privacy and I don't agree with it whatsoever," said Larry Smith.

State Rep. Smiddy said he isn't convinced he would vote on the bill yet. Right now the bill is pending in the House's Transportation Sub-Committee. 

 

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