Illinois House to Take Another Run at Eavesdropping Law

Legislators are expected to take another swing next week at making it legal to create audio recordings of police officers. A similar measure failed in the House earlier this year. Brian Mackey has more:

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After recordings drew attention to rough police tactics at last year’s Occupy protests, there’s been an attempt to relax Illinois’ ban on audio recording of police.

Police groups say the measure would put officers at risk and make it harder to investigate crimes. Because of those objections, the measure came up short by 15 votes in the House.

Now Representative Elaine Nekritz, a Democrat from Northbrook, says she’s ready to try again.

NEKRITZ: “We’re picking up votes and we think we have some momentum. And so we’re going to try to bring it back and run it again.”

Nekritz says her new proposal adds protections for police: it would be a crime to alter a recording and use it to charge an officer with misconduct.

Nekritz says she doesn’t expect police groups to change their position, but says her colleagues will know she tried to address their concerns.

There’s a push to get the law changed before the NATO summit in Chicago in May — the event is expected to draw thousands of protesters.

I’m Brian Mackey.

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