IL Audio Recording Legislation Stalls in Senate

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Legislation letting people make audio recordings of Illinois police officers has stalled because the senator who controls the bill opposes changes made in the House.

Sen. Michael Noland won't call the so-called "eavesdropping" bill because he says police should also have wider powers to record citizens.

Noland's original bill had nothing to do with recording police. That was added in the House, where supporters say that in an age of cellphone video cameras people should be allowed to record the public activities of police.

When the measure went back to the Senate, Noland blocked it. Now the Elgin Democrat faces calls for him to step aside and let someone else handle the issue.

Right now, it's a felony to record a conversation without consent from every person speaking.

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