Chicago Area Legislator Faces Defeat of A Local “Patriot Act”

Police and their representatives in Naperville, IL are disappointed by the likely defeat of a state bill to allow them to have more authority in accessing information about library patrons. Without the bill, police have to wait to obtain a court order before learning the identities of people allegedly involved in even victimless crimes.

Police sought the legislation after a standoff that occurred last May when three teenagers reported to library officials that a man was viewing pornography and fondling himself in the computer lab. Library officials called police, but the man was gone by the time police arrived;
librarians refused to turn over computer records, citing the Illinois Library Records Confidentiality Act, prohibiting library officials from releasing registration or circulation records except with a court order. Story from the Chicago Tribune.