WBEZ | eavesdropping http://www.wbez.org/tags/eavesdropping Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Over-educated individuals struggle to make ends meet http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-11/morning-shift-over-educated-individuals-struggle-make-ends-meet <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/California University of Pennsylvania.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We get look at what the latest Illinois eavesdropping bill could mean for the state. And, we hear why a graduate doesn&#39;t always equal a bigger paycheck. Also, we learn about what&#39;s slowing down church construction. Plus, the ska sounds of Charley Organaire.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-116/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-116.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-116" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Over-educated individuals struggle to make ends meet " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-11/morning-shift-over-educated-individuals-struggle-make-ends-meet Supreme Court rejects plea to block taping of police http://www.wbez.org/news/supreme-court-rejects-plea-block-taping-police-104013 <p><p>WASHINGTON&nbsp; &mdash; The Supreme Court has rejected an Illinois prosecutor&#39;s plea to allow enforcement of a law aimed at stopping people from recording police officers on the job.</p><p>The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that found that the state&#39;s anti-eavesdropping law violates free speech rights when used against people who tape law enforcement officers. The law sets out a maximum prison term of 15 years.<br />The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in 2010 against Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez to block prosecution of ACLU staff for recording police officers performing their duties in public places, one of the group&#39;s long-standing monitoring missions.</p><p>Opponents of the law say the right to record police is vital to guard against abuses.</p></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/supreme-court-rejects-plea-block-taping-police-104013 Cook County judge rules state eavesdropping law unconstitutional http://www.wbez.org/story/coook-county-judge-rules-state-eavesdropping-law-unconstitutional-96941 <p><p>A Cook County judge says Illinois' law against eavesdropping is unconstitutional.</p><p>It's the second time this year a judge has ruled against the law, which prohibits audio recording conversations without the consent of everyone involved.</p><p>In his ruling Friday, Judge Stanley Sacks said the la in its current form could criminalize "wholly innocent conduct."</p><p>Sack's ruling came in the case of Christopher Drew, a Chicago artist who was arrested in 2009 for illegally selling his artwork without a permit. Drew was later charged in violation of the eavesdropping law after he was found to have recorded his arrest.</p><p>"This is what people all over the state have been contending, including members of the legislature, that this law is not constitutional, it does violate due process, and there needs to be a substantial change," said Joshua Kutnick, Drew’s Lawyer.</p><p>“We welcome the ruling. We agree with its finding and we think this is yet another example of when people look closely at this law, it doesn't stand up to scrutiny,” said American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois spokesman Ed Yohnka.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Illinois State House is considering an unrelated bill that permits the recording of police officers performing their official duties in a public.</p><p>Rep. Elaine Nekritz is the main sponsor of the bill, which is scheduled for a floor vote by the full House.</p><p>“This ruling demonstrates … that citizens have the First Amendment right to record police officers. This legislation would make that very clear in Illinois and stop the prosecutions that I think are really inappropriate,” said Nekritz.</p><p>Last Fall, a Crawford County judge ruled against current eavesdropping law.</p><p>The Cook County State's Attorney's office has not said whether it will appeal Friday’s ruling to the Illinois Supreme Court.</p></p> Fri, 02 Mar 2012 20:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/coook-county-judge-rules-state-eavesdropping-law-unconstitutional-96941 Widening the Illinois eavesdropping laws http://www.wbez.org/story/widening-illinois-eavesdropping-laws-95971 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-30/7445416_35c5fa89cc_o.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-31/police.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 473px;" title="Chicago Police prepare for a 2005 anti-war demonstration. (Flickr/Noah Cafferty)"></p><p>Some lawmakers want to give Illinois residents the right to record police officers. Illinois has one of the toughest eavesdropping laws in the country. As it stands, police and businesses can record citizens, but citizens can not record them back.</p><p>Currently, recording an on-duty police officer, on public property, could mean felony charges and up to 15 years behind bars.</p><p>State representative Elaine Nekritz is sponsoring <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocTypeID=HB&amp;DocNum=3944&amp;GAID=11&amp;SessionID=84&amp;LegID=62774">an amendment</a> that would legalize recording police and the companies that record their customer service calls. For instance, the kind of calls with a message along the lines of, "this call may be recorded for quality assurance purposes."</p><p>Nekritz said some are against her proposal because they worry recordings can be edited and used improperly.</p><p>"Most states don't have this restriction, and we're not hearing lots and lots of reports about the problems that have been created by their lack of this protection," Nekritz said.&nbsp;</p><p>If the amended eavesdropping law passes a committee Tuesday, it will go before the full Illinois House of Representatives for a vote. Nekritz predicts the vote will be close, but she's hopeful that the narrow scope of the amendment will bode well for its passage.</p><p>She said even if the proposal becomes law, it likely won't go into effect until after this May's NATO and G-8 summits in Chicago.</p></p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/widening-illinois-eavesdropping-laws-95971