It never ceases to surprise me that the mainstream media ignores the sponsor of the eavesdropping bill recently held unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court.
It was sponsored by Lt. Governor Shiela Simon’s mother, Jeanne Hurley Simon.
The bill was introduced by the reform State Rep. from Evanston in the wake of the Jack Mabley series of articles on the Currency Exchange Scandal.
State Rep. Roland Libonati, not known to be a reformer, put the then-unmarried Hurley up to sponsoring the anti-eavesdropping bill.
He laughed as he explained in the Springfield train station that she thought it was a “good government” bill.
Articles about this follow:
- 4-24-9 Manipulating a Reformer (The Legislative Digest listing of the bill showing the sponsorship is in this article.)
- 2-8-11 Of Eavesdropping and Irony at the Paul Simon Institute
- 3-21-12 Cross, Gaffney, Schmitz Vote Against Easing Recording Prohibition
- 5-8-12 Illinois Eavesdropping Law Passed by Shiela Simon’s Mother Found Unconstitutional
- 5-25-12 Bill Allowing Cell Phone Videoing of Police Passes Senate without Dissent
- 11-26-12 Shiela Simon’s Mother’s Eavesdropping Bill Held Unconstitutional by U.S. Appellate Court