7:45 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Proposed Eavesdropping Law Allows Recording Police, Contrary To Internet Rumors

Credit David Schaper / NPR

Nine months after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, the legislature passed a bill to replace it. The legislation, which defines eavesdropping and its consequences, is currently waiting on the governor's desk.

Already, the proposed law faces criticism, and a flurry of misinformation. 

Here's a sampling of some headlines from around the web:

"Illinois Passes Bill That Makes It Illegal To Record The Police"

"Illinois law would make recording the police a felony"

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Anti-Police Brutality march
6:02 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Protestors Carry Peace Message In Rockford

Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson speaks to the crowd gathered Wednesday in front of the police station in Rockford.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

About 75 people sang, marched, and chalked messages on sidewalksWednesday night in downtown Rockford. Their protest was part of a national demonstration against police brutality.

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5:23 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Illinois Police Officials Call For Body Camera Law

Illinois law enforcement officials are calling for a state measure that governs the use of police body cameras.

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5:35 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Illinois Lawmakers To Consider Police Body Cameras, Questions Remain

Credit Flickr: West Midlands Police / Photo cropped from original

Facts are often murky around shootings, whether or not they involve police officers, and eyewitness testimony can be unreliable.

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6:18 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

ACLU Report: Racial Bias in Illinois Traffic Stops

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Credit Flickr dwightsghost (CC BY 2.0)

An American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois report released today found evidence of racial bias in data collected in 2013 about police consent searches during routine traffic stops.

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Death investigation
5:06 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Woman Jumps From NIU Parking Garage

NIU police block access to the campus parking garage Friday afternoon after a young woman jumped to her death.
Credit Eric Hradecky / WNIJ

A young woman fell to her death Friday afternoon at Northern Illinois University. Police say the unidentified woman was in her late teens or early twenties and apparently killed herself by jumping from the campus parking deck .

The university says the person was not a student, nor was she an NIU employee.

The area around the parking garage was blocked off by NIU and DeKalb police this afternoon shortly after the incident. First responders tried to resuscitate the woman, who was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital where she died.

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11:40 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Rockford curfew limits teen late-night hours

Teens out late in public in Rockford may be subject to the city's curfew law if they are not working or in the company of an approved adult, according to the Rockford Police Department.

No minor under 17 years of age can be out and about in public within the city after midnight Friday and Saturday until 6 a.m. the following morning. The curfew start is moved back to 11 p.m.  Sunday through Thursday, running to 6 a.m. the following day