Illinois Eavesdropping Amendment Bill Killed In Illinois House

03/23/2012 09:56 am ET

An bill that would have amended Illinois' controversial Eavesdropping Act to allow on duty police officers to be recorded in public spaces was voted down in the state House Wednesday.

Introduced by Rep. Elaine Nekritz, House Bill 3944 would have legalized recording police officers on duty in public spaces, and would permit recipients of telephone solicitations to record their end of the conversation if the caller verbally reserves the same right.

The American Civil Liberties Union has repeatedly challenged the law, and even some law enforcement officials have expressed concern about its constitutionality.

Chicago's new police superintendent Garry McCarthy called the law a "foreign concept," and said officers can benefit from having events on tape if false misconduct charges are filed after an altercation.

“Why should [the police] have to go get a court order to record these people when these people can record them?” Reboletti told the State Journal-Register.

In both cases, judges ruled against the state's eavesdropping policy.

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