Sponsor will try again with eavesdropping law
A bill that would’ve given Illinoisans the right to record audio of police activities never made it for a vote this spring session, but its sponsor says she will try again.
State Rep. Elaine Nekritz says while her bill found some opposition, she is not giving up. “I certainly would like to pursue this,” Nekritz said.
Nekritz says it’s important to resolve the issue of allowing citizens to record police performing their duty on public property because a court of appeals has found the current eavesdropping law to be unconstitutional. “The courts are telling the General Assembly, ‘you really need to fix this’ and I think we need to heed that,” Nekritz said.
Currently someone caught and convicted of recording a police officer faces a 15-year prison sentence. Nekritz says under the current law one can videotape officers on public property but can’t audio record.
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