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You can video record the police. It had been in Illinois that if you video recorded the police it could have been charged as a Class 1 Felony.

“Until 2012, Illinois had the toughest eavesdropping law in the country. It barred recording all or part of any conversation unless the person doing the recording obtained the consent of all parties to the conversation.

If a police officer was one of the parties, the offense was elevated to a Class 1 felony with a possible sentence of four to 15 years in prison.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenged that portion of the law, arguing that citizens have a right to record police officers in public, including what they say in public.

A federal appeals court agreed and issued an injunction in 2012 blocking the portion of the Illinois law that dealt with police officers. Then last March, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the entire eavesdropping statute, ruling that it was overly broad because it could be applied to a range of recorded conversations never intended to be private, like a loud argument on the street or fans cheering at an athletic event.”

Why? you ask.  Why could it be charged like that.  Well it’s kind of a simple reason.  Illinoisians are content with their lives.  They are disinterested in their right to be free individuals, unless of course it is the right to get HBO or Cinemax on cable.  They inexplicably allow the government to run over their right to be left alone in almost every possible situation.  They have said that the police may stop their cars because they are not wearing seat belts.  The police may stop them for talking on a cell phone.  The police may stop them for tossing a cigarette butt out of the window.  Literally any infraction of the totally made up laws of Illinois will allow the police to intervene in a citizen’s life.

You will hear Illinoisians telling you how they are glad they don’t live in Nazi Germany, or Communist Russia, because they are free in Illinois.  Free to follow the rules.

Law Dude, Ray Flavin, represents drivers that have been charged with DUI in McHenry County Illinois. His law offices are located across the street from the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock. He is one of those lawyers.