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Bill makes police tipping off criminals a crime

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:55 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD — A state senator wants to make it unlawful for police to tip off criminals.

Currently, that's not considered "official misconduct" under Illinois law.

State Sen. Dave Koehler is sponsoring the measure that makes it a felony for law enforcement to warn criminals. The Democrat from Peoria says the public should be able to trust police to enforce the law.

In 1998, a police dispatcher warned a drug dealer that police were near his home. A trial court found the dispatcher guilty of official misconduct and gave her two years of probation, but she appealed. In 2010, the Illinois Supreme Court call her actions "unjustifiable" but found her not guilty. They said no state law makes her guilty of official misconduct in this circumstance.

The bill is SB2695.

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