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Lawmakers send drone bill to Quinn

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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois lawmakers have approved a plan that would regulate the use of drones by law enforcement agencies statewide.

Senators approved it Friday. It goes to Gov. Pat Quinn. He hasn't indicated whether he'll sign it.

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Drones are highly-sophisticated, unmanned aircraft that authorities are considering for aerial surveillance.

Sen. Daniel Biss is a bill sponsor. The Evanston Democrat has said that the proposal helps keep people's reasonable expectation of privacy.

The bill would require police to obtain a search warrant before using a drone to collect information.

The legislation includes few exceptions, including when the Department of Homeland Security determines such surveillance is needed to prevent a terrorist attack. Other exceptions would be cases of imminent danger or preventing a prisoner escape.

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