This is a little late. On March 22, 2018, the Northwest Herald published an article about the Village of Lakemoor.
The intersection of Route 12 and Route 120 has red light cameras covering three directions of travel. This is a very busy corridor in northern Illinois. The cameras were installed in 2012, and the Village of Lakemoor has since built a new police station and municipal center. I mean, the red light cameras have generated millions of dollars in revenue. I mean, it's all about safety.
There is a group that has filed a class action lawsuit against the village for not listing what ordinance has been violated on each notice. This means that the individuals cannot get their due process.
The lawyer representing the group wants all of the money paid refunded. The lawsuit did indicate that the village had two weeks to respond. I haven't seen anything in the newspaper since. It will be interesting to see what happens with this case.
and their facebook page
I was looking to see if there are any updates and didn't find anything yet.
Why? Who is the class, everyone that passes through the intersections? We need to stop frivolous lawsuits imho.
I got a check for $2.xx from some light bulb class action, and this was phase 2. Do we ever pinch ourselves and think, how dumb. Phase 1? I got around $12.
You cannot deposit the above checks via ACH, has to be in person at a bank. I hadn't been to a bank in 3 years--you can no longer go in and make a deposit. You have to sit down in an office and go over all your finances to see how they can further help you. Bizarre. **** to be old and wonder why it's like this today.
I don't have a problem doing a deposit at my bank.
Get more for your money at a credit union.
I know, way off topic, but I felt it worthy.
Sometimes Class Action lawsuits are the only way to fight local governments and big business that have high paid lawyers that can cause most of the working stiffs to go broke quickly.
I have no problems walking into my bank, up to a teller, and depositing a check if I need to. Or I can use the drive thru, or bank ATM in the lobby. You need to find a new bank!
A few weeks ago I received a check in the mail for $1.28 from a credit card company after they discovered they had been calculating monthly interest incorrectly. Within five minutes of receiving the check, I had done a mobile deposit from the bank's app on my phone to my account and had received an e-mail back from the bank confirming the deposit.
Apparently, the case is moving forward. There was another article about Lakemoor's class action lawsuit, and Lakemoor isn't talking about it. They're probably talking about depositing all of the checks from the red light camera intersection into their big fat checking account. I think there are banks in Lakemoor, but they probably use apps. We should ask them.
Maybe they screwed up by not listing the ordinance? However, you'd think it would have to do with running the red light? This happens so commonly that almost anything to rein it in might be justified. Just yesterday I watched two cars run a red light. Best laugh I had in a while was from a friend who was late to a meeting. He apologized, but explained he'd been in a car accident. Everyone expressed concern and asked what happened? He acknowledged that it was entirely his fault, as the light had turned green and he just assumed he could go.
About assuming, right?
Obviously, I'm not advocating for people blowing through red lights and plowing into people. Yes, Lakemoor did screw up by not listing the ordinance on their notices. The intersection in question did not have a safety issue prior to the installation of the cameras, but it is a heavily traveled corridor between Illinois and Wisconsin. Lakemoor saw an opportunity to make a ton of money and took it. Now, they are on the hook for not following the law themselves and it serves them right.
Since there is much corruption in Illinois, and the red light cameras are a known revenue stream, the Municipalities that want to cash in better get it right. Otherwise, how are they any different than the people not stopping at red lights?
I believe the class would be anyone who got one of those tickets without the proper notice on them and hopefully, they will get their money back and the city will also get to pay their legal fees.
I drove through the intersection yesterday, and the cameras are gone. The signs are still up and so are the poles.
It looks like Lakemoor did screw up!
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