Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS
Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS

Illinois (IL) UAS Law


Bill History


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HB 5808 - expanded the membership of the UAS Oversight Task Force and extended the deadline for the task force to issue a report from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017.


HB 1048

HB 3136

HB 3421

HB 3996

SB 1371

Illinois General Assembly 725 - 167 - prohibits law enforcement use of UAS to gather information, except in special circumstances.

On August 16, 2013 the Illinois General Assembly signed House Bill (HB) 1652 (download below) into Public Act 98-0402, an act concerning wildlife. 

SB1652 defines drone as any aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator. It prohibits anyone from using a drone to interfere with hunters or fishermen.

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On August 27, 2013 the Illinois General Assembly signed Senate Bill (SB) 1587 (download below) into law in Public Act 98-0569, which concerned criminal law.

SB 1587 defines "drone" as any aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator. It allows drones to be used by law enforcement with a warrant, to counter a terrorist attack, to prevent harm to life or to prevent the imminent escape of a suspect among other situations. If a law enforcement agency uses a drone, the agency must destroy all information gathered by the drone within 30 days, except that a supervisor at the law enforcement agency may retain particular information if there is reasonable suspicion it contains evidence of criminal activity.

The law also requires the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (CJIA) to report on its website every law enforcement agency that owns a drone and the number they own. Each law enforcement agency is responsible for giving this information to the Illinois CJIA.

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On August 1, 2014 Senate Bill (SB) 2937 (download below) was signed into Public Act 98-0831, which concerned criminal law.

SB 2937 created regulations for how law enforcement can obtain and use information gathered from a private party’s use of UAS. The law requires police to follow warrant protocols to compel third parties to share information, and if the information is voluntarily given to police, authorities are required to follow the state’s law governing UAS data retention and disclosure. The law also  loosens regulations around law enforcement’s use of UAS during a disaster or public health emergency.

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On August 18, 2015 the Illinois General Assembly signed Senate Bill (SB) 44 (download below) into Public Act 99-0392, an act concerning wildlife. 

SB 44 creates a UAS Oversight Task Force which is tasked with considering commercial and private use of UAS, landowner and privacy rights and general rules and regulations for the safe operation of UAS. The task force will prepare recommendations for the use of UAS in the state. 



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