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Legislature OKs police official misconduct bill

Published: Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:17 a.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois Legislature has passed a measure that makes it unlawful for police dispatchers to tip off criminals.

Currently, that's not considered "official misconduct" under Illinois law. The House voted unanimously Friday to make the act a felony.

Official misconduct covers a wide variety of crimes by public employees including accepting bribes.

The legislation comes after a 2010 Illinois Supreme Court case. A police dispatcher was charged with official misconduct for tipping off a drug dealer. The court found her not guilty because nothing in law banned her from alerting the criminal.

State Sen. Dave Koehler introduced the proposal. The Peoria Democrat says residents should be able to trust law enforcement to protect them.

The legislation goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.

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The bill is SB2695

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