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Shootings Continue As Plans To Install Cameras Along Illinois Expressways Stall

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Gunmen taking aim at drivers and passengers is a growing problem in Chicago. In the latest incident Monday morning on the Eisenhower Expressway near Damen two people were shot and another killed.

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- We begin this hour 18 with the growing problem in Chicago. Gunmen taking aim at drivers and passengers. You can see the bullet holes from the latest attack this morning on the Ike near Damen.

- Three people shot. One of them dead. This year alone, there have already been 62 Expressway shootings across Illinois. CBS2 is always investigating and our Suzanne Le Mignot found there are solutions, but the state is dragging its feet. Suzanne.

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: Brad, Erica. You know for more than a year, CBS2 has been telling you about plans to install cameras right along expressways like right here 290 to catch gunmen. Well, a law passed in 2019. They were supposed to install the cameras. But that still hasn't happened. Meantime , in neighboring Wisconsin, cameras have been able to roll on crimes for the past 15 years. There are 600 cameras along Illinois expressways but none of them record video.

The Tamara Clayton Expressway Camera Act is supposed to change that. It was signed into law in 2019. It was named for a Postal Worker killed during a random shooting on I-57 while on her way to work. The act requires Expressway cameras record video and that the number of cameras will be increased along the expressways in Cook County.

Illinois State Police say I-DOT finished installing the infrastructure last spring. But after doing research, ISP learned they need more detailed and focused images in their investigations. So the technology needed has yet to be installed. Right now, in Illinois, there is no video recording of incidents like this morning's shooting on 290 that left one person dead.

In neighboring Wisconsin, the highway system has about 450 traffic cameras that do record video. Last year, 85% of the video requests from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation or WisDOT were from law enforcement.

JON RIEMANN: These cameras just provide a wealth of-- of information to us and we're happy to be able to share that with the motoring public. We're happy to be able to share that with somebody who might have been involved in the crash and we're happy to be able to share that with law enforcement if they have a need for an investigation.

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: WisDOT spokesperson, Jon Riemann, says snapshots of live footage can be viewed by the public on their website. Video is also stored on local and remote servers for 72 hours. It can also be archived if there is a request.

JON RIEMANN: If we're notified by private individual because they were involved in an incident or law enforcement, something going on, we can then archive that video. And we'll save it for 120 days to make sure that we-- we have it and get it to everybody who might need it over the course of an investigation.

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: Now the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office told us that they've requested footage in the past and they have been able to get video to help identify suspects, make and model of vehicles, and even license plate. And also in some cases where there's road rage incidents, they have been able to see firearms pointed out of vehicles when a shooting happens. All of that has been captured on video. Brad.

- Suzanne. Remarkable. Since Wisconsin does record their video, how much is that costing them.

SUZANNE LE MIGNOT: Well, they tell me that $50,000 a year. That is just for the camera controller software. Then they spend another $45,000 getting video to the media and other individuals. And then a half a million dollars was spent last year alone. That was just to maintain the cameras along all of their expressways, Brad.

- OK. Half million plus. Suzanne Le Mignot. Our thanks.