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Illinois Eavesdropping Law

5 Things You Need to Know About Illinois New Eavesdropping Law

Dan Johnson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Dan Johnson

There has been a flurry of information about SB 1342, a pending rewrite of Illinois eavesdropping statutes. Some say it will punish ordinary citizens who record the police. Here's what you need to know about SB 1342 as it awaits the governor's signature.

You Can Record Police in Illinois

Kwame Raoul | Posted 02.16.2015 | Chicago
Kwame Raoul

You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. And in Illinois, you have the right to record police officers. By all means, exercise your right to record. Keep the cameras rolling. Our democracy depends on it.

Illinois New Eavesdropping Law Is A Terrible Idea

Dan Johnson | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Dan Johnson

A major contributing factor to this new era of transparency has been a citizen's right to film the police, upheld by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2012.

Joseph Erbentraut

No, Illinois Did Not Just Pass A Law Making It Illegal To Record Cops

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

Contrary to what you may have recently read on your Facebook feed, the state of Illinois’ new eavesdropping legislation will not prohibit the record...

Illinois Eavesdropping Bill Advances With Provisions That Favor The Public

Posted 05.25.2012 | Chicago

Updated story While it's too late to make the pathway any clearer for police oversight during Chicago's NATO Summit, a proposal that would amend th...

Christopher Drew, in Memoriam

David Protess | Posted 07.10.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Christopher Drew was a real Chicago character -- in the best sense of the word. If Studs Terkel was with us today, Drew's oral history would surely be a chapter in his next book. Drew's work lives on in the struggles for freedom of expression.

Eavesdropping Ban 'Likely Violates' First Amendment, Court Rules

Posted 05.09.2012 | Chicago

A federal court ruled Tuesday that Illinois' controversial eavesdropping law "likely violates" the first amendment, and called for the state to stop p...

Suburban Prison Could House Detained NATO Protesters

Posted 04.30.2012 | Chicago

Individuals arrested while protesting the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago could be bound for the suburbs, as the city is short on other options in the...

State Bill Would Expand Recording Rights For Cops, Not Public

Posted 04.04.2012 | Chicago

Though legislation that would have allowed private citizens to record police officers while on the job in public spaces was killed by the Illinois sta...

Rahm: 'No Handcuff Policy' For Journalists Covering NATO

Posted 03.27.2012 | Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday that journalists covering the NATO summit in Chicago next month would not have to worry about being handcuffed for doin...

'Unconstitutional' Eavesdropping Act Upheld By State Lawmakers

Posted 03.23.2012 | Chicago

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

He Fought the Law -- And the Law Lost

David Protess | Posted 05.06.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

in 2009, Chris Drew set out to break a municipal ordinance to make a point: Chicago was unfairly restricting the sale of artwork. He would end up challenging a different law -- one that threatened to land him behind bars for 15 years.

Judge: Illinois Eavesdropping Law Unconstitutional

Posted 03.02.2012 | Chicago

While protesting a law than banned Chicago artists from selling their work on the street, artist Christopher Drew decided to try an act of civil disob...

Lawsuit: Cop Assaulted, Discriminated Against Man Over Video

Posted 02.17.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago man has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Chicago and three of its police officers over an August 2011 incident where police ...

Lawmakers Move To Change Controversial 'Eavesdropping' Act

Posted 02.09.2012 | Chicago

An Illinois House Committee approved amendments to the hotly-contested Eavesdropping Act Wednesday that would decriminalize the recording of police of...

Woman Alleges She Was Wrongly Arrested For Violating State's Eavesdropping Law

Posted 01.16.2012 | Chicago

A woman acquitted last fall of violating Illinois's eavesdropping law after recording Chicago Police officers discouraging her from filing a complaint...

Chicago Journalist Detained After Recording Cops Arresting Teen

Posted 11.17.2011 | Chicago

A Loyola University Chicago journalism professor has filed a complaint against a Chicago police officer who allegedly detained him after he videotaped...

Judge: Allowing Citizens To Record Police In Public Violates Cops' Privacy

Posted 11.14.2011 | Chicago

On Tuesday, a judge indicated that the American Civil Liberties Union's challenge of the harsh Illinois eavesdropping law banning the audio recording ...

Artist Could Face 15 Years In Prison For Filming His Arrest

The Huffington Post | Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chris Drew was finally ready to get arrested. An artist and activist, Drew had spent years protesting a Chicago ordinance that puts tight restrictions...