Illinois House passes official misconduct measure for police dispatchers

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SPRINGFIELD -   A measure that makes it unlawful for police dispatchers to tip off criminals has been passed by the Illinois Legislature.  The House voted unanimously to make the act a felony on Friday.  

Official misconduct covers various crimes conducted by public employees, such as accepting bribes.  Currently, police dispatchers tipping off criminals is not considered official misconduct under Illinois law.

The legislation comes after a 2010 Illinois Supreme Court case, in which a police dispatcher was charged with official misconduct after tipping off a drug dealer.  However, the court found her not guilty because nothing in law banned her from notifying the criminal.

The measure moves to Governor Pat Quinn for his signature.
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