“Illinois’ outdated eavesdropping law still in limbo” @ Chicago Tribune

Posted on June 25, 2012

Alissa Groeninger — June 24, 2012: “SPRINGFIELD—The state’s unusually strict eavesdropping law is viewed as so outdated that Chicago police refused to enforce it during the NATO summit and several courts have tossed it out.

But the question of how to update the law for a smartphone world is still simmering in the General Assembly, a casualty of rival approaches.

In Illinois, citizens used to whipping out a cellphone and recording almost anything at any time are confronted by peculiar circumstances if they record police. People can legally record video — but not audio — of law enforcement officers on duty. Get found guilty and face a prison term of up to 15 years, though judges and juries have been reluctant to convict people charged with recording audio of police……………………….”

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