After Tom Cross and many Illinois House Republicans did their best to defeat a bill that would allow people to video police while they were doing their jobs, a Federal Court held the bill sponsored by then-State Rep. Paul Simon’s wife-to-be Jeanne Hurley to be unconstitutional.
While the vote was 71-45 in the House before the Federal Appeals Court decision on constitutiionality, the Senate voted unanimously to loosen the 1950’s “good government” bill.
Here’s the short version of what the bill does:
Provides that a person who is not a law enforcement officer nor acting at the direction of a law enforcement officer may record the conversation of a law enforcement officer who is performing a public duty in a public place and any other person who is having a conversation with that law enforcement officer if the conversation is at a volume audible to the unassisted ear of the person who is making the recording.
Provides that if a recorded conversation authorized under this exemption to the eavesdropping statute is used by the complainant as part of the evidence of misconduct against the officer and is found to have been intentionally altered by or at the direction of the complainant to inaccurately reflect the incident at issue, it must be presented to the appropriate State’s Attorney for a determination of prosecution.
Effective immediately [upon signature by the Governor].