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Illinois Eavesdropping Act

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill. (Credit: Illinois.gov)

State Supreme Court Strikes Down Eavesdropping Law

In the unanimous decisions released Thursday, the court found the 1961 Eavesdropping Act violates free speech and due process protections. They focus on audio recordings.

03/20/2014

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Judge Rules Against State’s Ban On Recording Police Officers

A judge on Friday tossed out the controversial Illinois eavesdropping law, which makes it a crime to record police officers, according to a published report.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2012

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Move Advances To Lift Ban On Recording Police Officers

When police misconduct is caught on tape, it’s a big deal, and there could much more taping going on in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–02/09/2012

Supt. Garry McCarthy

Police Supt. McCarthy Comes Out Against Eavesdropping Act

It is illegal to record a conversation with a police officer if you get pulled over or have a run-in, but police Supt. Garry McCarthy says that should change.

CBS Chicago–01/30/2012

Ralph Braseth

Loyola Professor Detained For Videotaping Teen’s Arrest

A journalism professor at Loyola University says police detained him and erased the video he took of someone being arrested on CTA property this past weekend.

CBS Chicago–11/17/2011

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Woman Who Recorded Cops Acquitted Of Felony Eavesdropping

A former stripper, who secretly recorded two Chicago Police Internal Affairs investigators while filing a sexual harassment complaint against another officer was acquitted on eavesdropping charges Wednesday.

08/24/2011