And we're not Finland or 46 other countries that outrank the United States for press freedom, according to the latest rankings from Reporters Without Borders. The US has fallen 27 places since that organization's previous report and now stands at #47, thanks to police arrests and prosecutions of reporters covering political protests in the US (via Jonathan Turley). Professor Turley also posted recently on 10 other ways that civil rights in America have been significantly eroded in the past 10 years.
In Illinois, things are even worse. Audio recording a police officer doing his or her job in a public place where there is no reasonable presumption of privacy is prosecutable as a felony. Illinois citizens are still being prosecuted under this law, typically because they've either caught cops engaging in unprofessional conduct or they wanted to make a record of an encounter with a police officer because they feared abuse that would subsequently be covered up by a lying cop or by lying cops.