Press Pass: How the Newsroom Works: The Red Light Camera Investigation
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Learn about the approach "Chicago Tribune" reporters took to cover the red light camera story. Starting in 2012, "Tribune" staffers have informed their readers about "a questionable relationship between Chicago's red light camera vendor and City Hall," according to promotional materials. "Some of those revelations led to an ongoing federal criminal investigation and other probes that have cost Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. its Chicago contract and resulted in the resignation of the company's top executives. In addition, the Tribune has raised questions about the company's early connections to the speed-camera program launched by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In July, following a 10-month investigation, the Tribune reported that thousands of drivers were unfairly ticketed by red light cameras during wild swings in ticketing that city officials said they didn’t know about and still can’t explain." As a result, city leaders are now determining whether to refund drivers. A question-and-answer session, moderated by Managing Editor Jane Hirt, will follow the discussion.