05/25/2012

Ill. police recording legislation advances

The proposal would allow civilians to record on-duty police officers in a public place

By Ryan Voyles
Chicago Daily Herald

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Months after its initial proposal and just a day after the NATO summit that made the law a national issue, a plan to allow civilians to take video recordings of police officers was approved by the Illinois House.

The proposal would allow civilians to record on-duty police officers in a public place. The House approved it by a 71-45 vote Tuesday, and it will be sent to the Senate for further debate.

Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat and sponsor of the plan, said it merely updates Illinois' outdated eavesdropping law, which bans the recording of police.

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