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Bolingbrook man pleads guilty to recording cop's phone call without consent

JOLIET – A Bolingbrook man pleaded guilty to trying to record a conversation with a Shorewood police officer without the officer’s consent, according to court records.

On Jan. 19, Michael R. Cronin, 43, of the 1400 block of Danhof Drive in Bolingbrook, pleaded guilty to attempted eavesdropping without consent. He was sentenced to two years of court supervision, fined $450 and ordered to complete 100 hours of public service.

Cronin was charged in January with recording a conversation with an officer on a phone and posting it online.

“The incident wasn’t even criminal in nature. The officer was trying to give him some direction, trying to give him some options, and he was unlawfully audio recording the officer,” Shorewood Deputy Police Chief Jason Barten said at the time.

Cronin also allegedly recorded a conversation with a Plainfield police detective and posted it online, as well, according to a police report obtained by The Herald-News through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Cronin owns On Demand Grass & Snow, and he was sued for libel last year by a couple from Shorewood who were his customers. The lawsuit was dismissed in December.

The lawsuit alleged that Cronin ran a blog called Grassholes and that a post accused the couple of fraud, filing false reports, harassment, and in the case of the husband, being drunk.

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