Lawmakers in Illinois will be re-introducing a plan to arm police with body cameras.  The legislation would hike traffic and criminal fine, creating a fund to help smaller departments pay for the equipment.  The money raised would be used to help local police departments purchase video cameras for squad cars and for officers to wear.

Several groups, including the head of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, support the proposal.  Alton Senator Bill Haine also likes the idea.

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He tells The Big Z one concern is how to balance the use of the cameras with the reasonable expectation of privacy for citizens.  A similar bill was introduced about a year ago, but returned to the “front burner” because of the unrest in Ferguson, Mo.  Lawmakers plan to push the bill during the 99th General Assembly, which convenes next week.


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