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Ex-camera executive says he gave gifts to Chicago official


An ex-vice president at Chicago's former red light camera vendor says he gave more than $14,000 in gifts to a then-Chicago official on trial for allegedly taking bribes to steer red-light camera contracts.

Prosecutors accuse John Bills, the former second in command at Chicago's Department of Transportation, of accepting cash and gifts to steer contracts to Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems. Bills has denied taking bribes and gifts.

But former Redflex vice president Aaron Rosenberg testified that the company expected him to "keep John Bills happy."

Bills' attorney told jurors that Rosenberg sought reimbursements from his employer after Bills paid him back. But Rosenberg claims Bills never reimbursed him.

Redflex's contract was canceled in 2013 following the Chicago Tribune's reports of the alleged scheme.

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