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State

Legislation would keep 911 tapes private

SPRINGFIELD – One Illinois lawmaker wants to exempt 911 recordings from the state's open records law.

Illinois Radio Network reported the bill is being sponsored by Sen. Bill Cunningham, a Chicago Democrat.

He said the recordings shouldn't be released to the public because it "invades the privacy of the individuals" and can be traumatizing to crime victims.

Cunningham said he decided to draft the legislation after hearing the audio recordings of 911 calls made from Sandy Hook Elementary School after the shooting in Connecticut.

The measure would offer some exceptions. For instance, calls could be made public if the recording is played in a court or when the caller gives permission for them to be released.

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The bill is SB3072

www.ilga.gov

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