II. Authority for and source of the right

Illinois courts recognize that a reporter has a right not to disclose his/her sources of information under a statute called the reporter's privilege statute, set out in 735 ILCS 5/8-901 to 8-909. Courts typically base their opinions on the wording contained in the Statute, but they recognize that the Statute stems from the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and the standard set out by the United States Supreme Court in Branzburg v. Hayes, 408 U.S. 665 (1972) (upholding the freedom of state legislatures to fashion their own standards with respect to journalists' privilege).