Ex-Chicago transportation official sentenced to 10 years in red light camera scandal

CHICAGO -- A former Chicago transportation official at the center of the city's red light camera scandal was sentenced to 10  years in prison Monday.

John Bills, 55,  was convicted of taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a company in Arizona.

Bills accepted cash and gifts, including condos and a Mercedes, to help Redflex Traffic Systems win the camera business.

The scheme took place over a decade.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Bills to 10 years in prison while Bills' attorney asked for a 3 to 4 year sentence.