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State of the State is about the effectiveness and culture of Illinois government. Written by Brian Mackey, the blog focuses on key areas of news important to Illinois such as criminal justice and labor.

Why Is It So Hard To Limit Police Technology?

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Garrett Brnger
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Illinois Issues
The Springfield Police Department is among dozens of Illinois law enforcement agencies using automated license plate readers.

Sometimes, police don't put up much of a fight when it comes to limiting their use of technology. That's what happened when Illinois regulated drones. But if they've already invested in the tools, passing legislation to rein it in becomes a lot harder.

Music: "Fixed Income" by DJ Shadow and "Reckoner" by the Vitamin String Quartet (covering Radiohead).

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Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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