Chicago Tribune reporters were secretly recorded by City Hall officials

Three Chicago Tribune reporters were recorded without their consent by City Hall officials, but a city attorney insists there’s no widespread taping practice and he promises it won’t happen again, reports the Tribune’s Robert Channick.

Tribune editor Gerould Kern declined to comment to his reporter and instead referred him to a letter the Tribune’s lawyer sent to City Hall, which asks officials to save all recorded conversations and turn them over to the newspaper.

Channick writes: “Firing back against the Tribune’s complaint, City Hall said the newspaper had failed to get consent for a taped interview with a city official Friday.”

In Illinois, recording a conversation without approval of all parties is a felony.

* City Hall admits improper taping of Chicago Tribune reporters (