Illinois lawmakers approve eavesdropping legislation

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Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) – Illinois lawmakers have approved eavesdropping restrictions to replace those the state Supreme Court declared unconstitutional last spring.

The Senate voted 46-4 Thursday to prohibit recording private conversations without the consent of everyone involved.

It goes to Gov. Pat Quinn. A spokesman says Quinn has not made a decision on whether to sign it.

The legislation emphasizes conversations where participants reasonably expect privacy. With smartphones and other digital recording devices, it exempts recording police in the line of duty, loud conversations in public or cheering fans at a ballgame. It was situations like those the Supreme Court cited in its March action.

Critics objected the bill doesn’t include provisions for police to wear body cameras, a reaction to the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting in August.


The bill is SB1342