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Illinois Freedom of Information Act

Springfield police chief bemoans body-cam 'burden'

Springfield's police chief says a state law requiring officers to wear body cameras is too burdensome to local squads.

Chief Kenny Winslow told the (Springfield) State Journal-Register ( ) Tuesday that the cameras will produce so much video the city might have to hire an additional person to handle Illinois Freedom of Information Act requests.

Winslow said the law requires an end-of-year report on each incident in which cameras are used, meaning even more administrative work.

"When the law was passed, it created a lot of guidance for departments," he said. "Unfortunately, it's a lot of guidance we didn't plan on."