(725 ILCS 5/108A-6)
(from Ch. 38, par. 108A-6)
Emergency Exception to Procedures.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Article,
any investigative or law enforcement officer, upon approval of
a State's Attorney, or without it if a reasonable effort has
been made to contact the appropriate State's Attorney, may use
an eavesdropping device in an emergency situation as defined
in this Section. Such use must be in accordance with the
provisions of this Section and may be allowed only where the officer
reasonably believes that an order permitting the use of the
device would issue were there a prior hearing.
An emergency situation exists when, without previous
notice to the law enforcement officer sufficient to obtain
prior judicial approval, the conversation to be overheard or
recorded will occur within a short period of time, the use
of the device is necessary for the protection of the law enforcement
officer or it will occur in a situation involving a clear and present
danger of imminent death or great bodily harm to persons resulting from:
(1) a kidnapping or the holding of a hostage by force or the threat of the
imminent use of force; or (2) the occupation by force or the threat of the
imminent use of force of any premises, place, vehicle, vessel or aircraft; or
(3) any violation of Article 29D.
(b) In all such cases, an application for an order approving
the previous or continuing use of an eavesdropping
device must be made within 48 hours of the commencement of
such use. In the absence of such an order, or upon its denial,
any continuing use shall immediately terminate.
In order to approve such emergency use, the judge must
make a determination (1) that he would have granted an order
had the information been before the court prior to the use of
the device and (2) that there was an emergency situation as
defined in this Section.
(c) In the event that an application for approval under this Section is
denied the contents of the conversations overheard or recorded shall be
treated as having been obtained in violation of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 92-854, eff. 12-5-02.)