There's a bill introduced in the last two weeks to modify the Illinois eavsdropping law.
The case that caused this review of the law was tossed out recently. A Chicago woman who called the cops for a domestic against her man was harassed by the responding officer who tried to hit on her after the reporting incident was resolved. She went to OPS to report the issue and the OPS investigators attempted to convince her that if she dropped the harassment report against the responding cop he wouldn't bother her again.
This started to smell bad to her so during the interview she reached into her pocket and started a recording session via her cell phone.
When the OPS investigators discovered this (I think she told them at some point during the same interview) they immediately arrested her.
This law is garbage. ANY action taken by a public servant while conducting official duties should be subject to the public domain, especially a law enforcement officer acting on behalf of the public trust.
Without this how can we have a legitimate legal system? You can't.
Anyway, I've worked for government for nearly 20 years and at no point during my career was I under the impression that what I did was secret. I mean, if you check my address, salary, financial disclosures (all my investment information), employee reviews, etc are available for public download. All my work is subject to FOIA request. My email and phone conversations conducted over government equipment are all open to public review. In fact, if I delete them I am liable.
Anyway, this is another junk law. This is what Rahm Emmanuel said recently when asked if he uses a city cell phone or city email account. He knows a FOIA request is pending. The public has a right to know how he uses these accounts. Hell, we paid for them. Politicians and police only have the power the people give them.