john bills was a longtime transportation insider who rose from street lamp maintenance man to assistant transportation commissioner in just 32 years. He was convicted last January of 20 counts, including bribery, conspiracy and fraud.
Bills used his influence to steer millions of dollars in red light camera contracts to an Arizona company, Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. In exchange, he received cash and personal benefits, including meals, golf outings, rental cars, airline tickets and hotel rooms.
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Bills was a longtime city employee and worked as a utility manager. He also volunteered for the city and was a major fundraiser for many candidates.
He was a lifelong White Sox fan and celebrated their World Series victory on the field with the players. He still sports a replica championship ring from the team.
Achievements and Honors
Throughout his Chicago career, Bills has carved out a reputation as one of the city’s top fundraisers. He’s also a top vote-getter for a number of precinct captains, as well as an avid White Sox fan who celebrated the club’s World Series victory on the field with players.
But he’s most likely best known for steering the red light camera program to the winners’ circle as an assistant transportation commissioner. The program has a high price tag but is generating millions of dollars in revenue for the city, thanks to a lucrative contract with the company behind it.
Aside from his professional life, Bills also enjoyed a number of personal pursuits. He was passionate about his family and his travel adventures around the world.
He had a long career in the City of Chicago and worked for many different departments in the city. He was an Assistant Transportation Commissioner in the Daley administration and he was also an elected official.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday, after he was convicted of taking up to $2 million in bribes from Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia for steering tens of millions of dollars in red light camera contracts to the company. In return, Redflex showered him with more than $560,000 in cash bribes and hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts – including a car, condominium, hotel stays and vacations.
Bills’ wealth has grown rapidly, and he currently ranks #188 on the Forbes 400 list of America’s richest individuals. He has a net worth of $5.7 billion, according to Forbes. His business empire, Pegula Sports and Entertainment, includes ownership of the Buffalo Bills and their stadium. He and his wife, Kim, also own the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits. Their fortune began with East Resources, an oil and natural gas company that was sold in 2010 for $4.7 billion. The couple’s other businesses include Redflex Traffic Safety Solutions, a firm that specializes in automated traffic camera systems. He has been accused of bribery in connection with his work with Redflex, which prosecutors say was intended to benefit him.