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Illinois House Kills Audio Recording Bill

Illinois House Kills Audio Recording Bill

The Illinois House killed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed citizens to make audio recordings of police officers in public places.

Video recordings without sound already are legal in Illinois.

“Citizens are unfortunately being charged under this current law for doing nothing more than what we already do every day, which is to take out our cell phone, open up the camera, and start recording," said the sponsor of House Bill 3944, Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook,

The bill failed on a 45-59 vote. As a result, Illinois remains a “two-party consent” state when it comes to wiretapping. This means that everyone in a conversation must give their consent if they are to be recorded.

Even without the legislation, however, the law’s days might be numbered. Two judges, one in Cook County and the other in Crawford County, have declared it unconstitutional in recent months.

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