No, Illinois Did Not Just Pass A Law Making It Illegal To Record Police Officers

Illinois Eavesdropping
In this photo taken Feb 2, 2012, cell phones are used to record Henry Bayer, executive director of AFSCME Council 31, right, while protesting and being confronted by the Illinois Secretary of State Police, as other members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union also protest in front of the governor’s office at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Contrary to what you may have recently read on your Facebook feed, the state of Illinois’ new eavesdropping legislation will not prohibit the recording of police officers — though advocates do have other concerns about the bill.
Earlier this month, the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate both voted overwhelmingly in favor of the state’s new eavesdropping bill. The legislation is intended to replace Illinois’ previous law, elements of which were ruled unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court in March.
The previous law, deemed to be among the strictest in the nation, technically forbade any recording of anyone without consent from all parties involved. The new proposaldraws a distinction between “private” conversations and those that “cannot be deemed private,” such as a loud argument on the street. The recording of private conversations, unless there is all-party consent or a warrant, remain prohibited under the bill.
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