Know Your Rights Free Speech in Chicago. Because Freedom Can’t Protect Itself. History of Free Expression in Chicago. Presentation Overview. General 1 st Amendment principles Current Chicago regulations impacting freedom of expression What to do if you are stopped by the police or arrested
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Because Freedom Can’t Protect Itself
The general rule:
No regulation of messages
The First Amendment does NOT protect a few narrow categories of expression.
The Illinois Eavesdropping Act prohibits the audio recording of any conversation – whether private or non-private, and whether secret or open – absent all-party consent.
If the subject of recording is a police officer, the penalty is increased, to as many as 15 years of incarceration.
To be clear: this act prevents audio recording, not taking photographs or video recording with the audio function turned off.
Prepare yourself and your family in case you are arrested:
Contact the ACLU of Illinois:
Phone: (312) 201-9740