The Chicago Tribune is saying that several of its reporters were recorded without consent by city officials, including during two interviews with an official in September about Emanuel's speed-camera plan.
Such taping is illegal in Illinois, which requires two-party consent in recordings of phone calls or conversation. In fact, it is a felony offense.
But City Hall (government) said any recording of reporters without their consent was "unintentional".
The Tribune on Friday sent a letter to city attorneys demanding City Hall stop the recordings. Chicago counsel Stephen Patton wrote in a letter to the Tribune that any recording was done inadvertently and not as part of a procedure.
The paper asked the city to turn over copies of the recorded conversations, but City Hall said it wasn't known whether there were tapes and said the September recordings were mistakes.