Judge refuses to toss suit over Chicago's red light cameras

CHICAGO (AP) - A judge has denied a request by the city of Chicago to toss a lawsuit challenging the fairness and constitutionality of its controversial red light camera program.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the lawsuit alleges the city has issued more than $500 million in tickets under a program that wasn't properly authorized by state lawmakers. It also accused the city of issuing millions of tickets when yellow light times were too short at intersections equipped with red light cameras.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration, which argues the city has acted lawfully, asked Circuit Judge Rita Novak to dismiss the most recent in a series of similar lawsuits.

But Novak ruled on Thursday that the motorists who have been ticketed deserve their day in court.

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