News

Proposal Would Exempt 911 Tapes from Freedom of Information Act

Proposal Would Exempt 911 Tapes from Freedom of Information Act

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Hearing a panicked called to 911 might provide compelling entertainment, but an Illinois state senator says it probably does not add enough information to make it worth traumatizing, say, a teacher in a school shooting all over again.

He’s introduced a bill to shield 911 recordings from public records requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

“Potentially, to relive that experience,” says State Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago), “when the tape is released publicly and broadcast on the news and living forever on YouTube and the Internet, is something that I think invades the privacy of the individuals.”

Cunningham says hearing the 911 recordings from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut inspired him to sponsor the bill.

Cunningham, a former spokesman for the Cook County sheriff’s office, says he respects the public’s right to know, and adds there would be circumstances under which people could get their hands on the recordings. That would include when the caller gives permission, or, perhaps, when a recording is played in court.

Recent Headlines

19 hours ago in Local

New Director Named to ALPLM

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012 file photo, school students enter the "White House" as a life-size Abraham Lincoln replica stands outside, while touring the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill. The chairman of the foundation behind the Library and Museum says fundraising is drying up because of tensions between library directors and the state agency that oversees it.

Governor Rauner announces two new appointees, one to the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library.

23 hours ago in Local

Qik-N-Ez Robbery Suspect in Arrested

arrest clipart

Cody Desilva was found with two other subjects in a car on 4th Street early Saturday morning. The other two persons were released.

2 days ago in Local

Multiple Accident Ties Up Traffic: Police Cite Driver With Medical Emergency

ambulance

A multiple accident ties up traffic in Springfield during morning rush hour.

2 days ago in Local

Home Health Care Advocates Beg Governor Rauner To Keep Overtime

SEIU_Healthcare

Advocates of Home Health Care push for Governor Rauner to reconsider banning overtime

2 days ago in Local

Springfield-Based Ag Manufacturer Takes Over Utah Company

brandt fertilizer

A Springfield-based agriculture products manufacturer is on the move once again to expand its portfolio.