In Illinois, it is illegal to make an audio recording of police officers without their consent. It is perfectly legal to video tape a confrontation, however, the audio must not be recorded. This law just doesn't make sense. According to attorney Joshua Kutnick of Chicago "The law is meant to prevent people from secretly recording private conversations, but it is not designed to protect police conduct that is open and in public." This has been a big issue as of late. Attorney Joshua Kutnick is representing a sixty-one year old man who was trying to sell his artwork on the street without a permit. Chris Drew, the artist, was confronted by police in Chicago when he hit record on his phone which was concealed in his pocket. After the police discovered he was "eavesdropping" on the conversation they charged him for the felony which can carry up to fifteen years in prison.
Michael Allen, an Illinois citizen, is another man charged with recording a police interaction. However, in this case, the state wants to lock him up for seventy-five years. SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS FOR A NON VIOLENT CRIME? Come on Illinois what are you really trying to prove. Its funny to me how they can go after a normal, every day citizen for recording a minor traffic offense. I mean come on. This is the state that churns out corrupt official after corrupt official and takes it easy on them when they mess up, but they will try to completely ruin a mans life who did really nothing wrong. That deserves a....
Another man named Louis Frobe of Lake County Illinois was arrested and charged with felony eavesdropping and faces fifteen years in prison. Frobe argues that he was on a public road and recorded a public official therefore there should not be expectation of privacy. Below is a video of Louis' story.
Haggerty, Ryan, and Jason Melsner. "Constitutionality of Illinois Eavesdropping Law Challenged in Court." Chicago Tribune. 14 Feb. 2012. Web. 29 Feb. 2012. <http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-14/news/ct-met-eavesdropping-law-0215-20120215_1_eavesdropping-law-police-officers-police-conduct>.
Masnick, Mike. "Guy Arrested, Threatened With 15 Years For Recording Traffic Stop In Illinois." Techdirt. 30 Sept. 2011. Web. 29 Feb. 2012. <http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110929/10325216136/guy-arrested-threatened-with-15-years-recording-traffic-stop-illinois.shtml>.