Ex-Chicago official to be sentenced in red-light camera case

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CHICAGO (AP) _ A former Chicago transportation official is to be sentenced after he was convicted of taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall is scheduled to sentence John Bills on Monday in Chicago federal court. Federal prosecutors have asked the judge for a 10-year prison sentence “as a floor.”

The former second-in-command at Chicago’s Department of Transportation was convicted in January of bribery, conspiracy and extortion.

Bills was accused of accepting envelopes stuffed with cash, along with gifts _ including condos in two states and a Mercedes _ to help Redflex Traffic Systems obtain contracts in a decade-long scheme.

Bills’ attorney, Nishay Sanan, has asked for a more lenient three-to-four year sentence.