Illinois Anti-Eavesdropping Law Is Amended
Effective as of December 30, 2014, the Illinois law on eavesdropping has been amended to hopefully cure the defects that the Illinois Supreme Court determined were present in the existing law.
Now, it is clear that in Illinois all of the parties to a private conversation must give their consent to the recording of their conversations.
An eavesdropper is defined as a person who uses a device of whatever sort to secretly record or disclose private conversations without the consent of all who are involved in the conversation.
The newly amended law regards a conversation as private if at least one of the persons to the conversation had a reasonable expectation that the conversation would be private.
The law as amended also applies to electronic conversations such as texting and emails.
Unlawful eavesdropping is a felony in Illinois.