The Illinois Supreme Court recently struck down the provision of the state’s eavesdropping statute that prohibits the recording of oral conversations or the interception of electronic communications without the consent of all parties.  The court found that the provision is overbroad and therefore violates the First Amendment.  While most U.S. states (and federal law) permit interception of telephone or electronic communications with the consent of only one party, a dozen states, like Illinois, require the consent of all parties to the communication.  Notably, the court’s rationale really applies only to the recording of oral conversations, but the ruling strikes down the entire provision.  This means that, for now, all-party consent is not needed to record oral communications or to intercept electronic communications in Illinois.  This should be a relief to employers, website operators, and communications providers with any connection to the Land of Lincoln.  Illinois lawmakers have indicated that new legislation is in the works.