Representative Elaine Nekritz has introduced legislation (HB3944) that would amend the Illinois Eavesdropping statute to allow citizens to record a peace officer who is performing a public duty in a public place and speaking at a volume audible to the unassisted human ear.
This would be a major change to the current law that makes it a class 1 felony, punishable from four to fifteen years in prison, to record a police officer in the course of his duties.
We can follow the bill’s status here.
For once, I must applaud our state reps. Lets hope it passes and the police lobbyists don’t scuttle this important bill.