When you are entrusted with sensitive information, you should face consequences when you break that trust. That's the idea behind a bill introduced by State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria). He says a police chief in his district informed him of a Chicago case from the 1990's in which a 9-1-1 dispatcher tipped off a criminal suspect as to the police's whereabouts. The dispatcher was fired but prevailed in court, as it is not against the law to do what she did.
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Under his bill, “It's a Class 3 felony, just like, say, somebody driving the getaway car in a crime would be charged,” says Koehler.