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New Eavesdropping Law For Illinois Eases Restrictions

Susan Stephens

One of the toughest eavesdropping laws in the nation has been replaced with restrictions supporters call "more reasonable." 

The Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state's eavesdropping law in March, calling it too broad. Under it, videotaping a cheering crowd could be considered a crime.

Governor Pat Quinn signed a replacement law into place Tuesday. It still prohibits the recording of private conversations without everyone's permission. But now it's ok to record that cheering crowd, or a police officer during a traffic stop, or your elected officials losing their cool in public. If it happens in public, without reasonable expectations of privacy, it can be recorded. The new law is in effect now.

Susan is an award-winning reporter/writer at her favorite radio station. She's also WNIJ's Perspectives editor, Under Rocks contributor, and local host of All Things Considered.
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