Chicago, IL asked in Civil Rights for Illinois

Q: Can I record police during a traffic stop in the state of Illinois?

Can I record in publicly funded buildings?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Andy Hale
Andy Hale
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Yes, Illinois allows citizens to record interactions with the police. The Illinois statute on point is 720 ILCS 5/14-2(e) which states: "Nothing in this Article shall prohibit any individual, not a law enforcement officer, from recording a law enforcement officer in the performance of his or her duties in a public place or in circumstances in which the officer has no reasonable expectation of privacy." As a caveat, the statute also states: "However, an officer may take reasonable action to maintain safety and control, secure crime scenes and accident sites, protect the integrity and confidentiality of investigations, and protect the public safety and order." Hope this helps!

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