News

Lawmaker: Dispatchers Can’t Tip Off Crooks

Lawmaker: Dispatchers Can’t Tip Off Crooks

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

When you are entrusted with sensitive information, you should face consequences when you break that trust.
That’s the idea behind a bill introduced by State Sen. Dave Koehler.  He says a police chief in his district informed him of a Chicago case from the 1990’s in which a 9-1-1 dispatcher tipped off a criminal suspect as to the police’s whereabouts.
The dispatcher was fired but prevailed in court, as it is not against the law to do what she did. Under his bill, “It’s a Class 3 felony, just like, say, somebody driving the getaway car in a crime would be charged,” says Koehler.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Early Voting to Begin in Special Schock Replacement Primary

Fresh
I Voted Stickers

Early voting starts Thursday for the special election to pick the Democratic and Republican candidates to possibly replace Aaron Schock as 18th District Congressman.

in Local

Langfelder Talks About Appointments

Fresh
5-26-15 Langfelder

Four of Mayor Jim Langfelder's department head appointments will be voted on by the Springfield City Council next week.

in Local

Rauner Revises Hiring Plan

Fresh
Rauner Task Force

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office has revised its plan to change state hiring to allay concerns of Democrats and unions.

in Local

Bloomington Man Deemed “Sexually Dangerous” to be Released from Treatment

Fresh
local_news_generic

A psychiatrist has testified that a 35-year-old Bloomington man who has been in a state treatment program for sexually dangerous people since he was 15 is eligible to be released.

in Local

Former Dixon Comptroller to Give Up Horse Trophies

Fresh
jail

Rita Crundwell can't keep a collection of horse trophies and other personal items stored in Illinois and Wisconsin.