Yes, it's OK to take a pic in the Thompson Center
👋 Hey it's Monica: Earlier this month I was reporting on the state of downtown lines these days. As I was shooting photos at the Department of Motor Vehicles in the Thompson Center a police officer told me to stop.
- "It's against the law to take pictures inside any state building," he said.
- I told him I'd never heard such a thing, but complied and left.
- Then I posted about it on Twitter.
Why it matters: I'm not the first person who's been told this about the Thompson Center and the DMV, but the "rule" is total baloney.
What they're saying: "That doesn't make a lot of sense," says Dave Druker, spokesperson for the Illinois Secretary of State's office, which runs the DMV.
- "You can absolutely take a photo in the building," says Anthony Pascente, chief of staff at the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, which runs the Thompson Center.
- "Survey says: wrong," Ald Brendan O'Reilly wrote on Twitter.
The bottom line: I don't know where the cop came up with this rule. But anyone who wants to take a picture in the building before it meets its potential demise should feel perfectly free to do so.
Silver lining: The tweet prompted some good civic discussion and a droll response about the "rule" being the real reason Jimmy Smits' character met his demise in the building at the end of "Running Scared."
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