When red-light cameras came to Crestwood in 2016, the village quickly became the top-ticketing Chicago suburb, issuing more than $6 million in fines a year.
Now four years later, its mayor has been indicted on federal charges that he accepted bribes to promote the cameras, the latest development in a wide-ranging political corruption probe.
According to federal prosecutors, Lou Presta was caught on a March 2018 recording accepting an envelope with $5,000 cash from a representative of the red-light camera firm, and then lied to the FBI and IRS when asked about it that September.
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