Court split, Illinois red-light camera law stands

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CHICAGO (AP) – Red-light cameras will stay put across the state after a divided Illinois Supreme Court couldn’t reach a decision on their legality.

A one-page filing Thursday from the high court says justices considering an appeal couldn’t garner the four votes needed to render a ruling. That means a lower court ruling permitting the red-light cameras stands.

The cameras automatically record and ticket drivers who run red lights. Critics say the cameras aren’t always accurate, while proponents say they promote safer driving and the tickets generate badly needed revenue for communities.

Chicago has one of the nation’s largest red-light camera programs. But it’s been under a federal investigation that’s already led to public corruption charges against several people.