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State Supreme Court Chief Justice says cameras in courts going well

Wed, 02 May 2012 16:42:21 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker


State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Kilbride says the pilot programs for cameras and microphones in Illinois circuit courtrooms appear to be going well. Kilbride spoke to a McLean County Bar Association Law Day event in Normal.

   

Kilbride says he's not aware of any mistakes made in coverage by journalists or judges. He says there no doubt will be some, but over time they will be ironed out and the system would likely expand to the rest of the state.

Kilbride also continued his public campaign asking for help getting more funding for probation officers in Illinois. Kilbride says funding those positions could actually reduce the drain on the prison system. He says there are five thousand class four felons in the Department of Corrections, most of whom were convicted of low level drug possession.

   

The state has cut funding for 600 probation officers in the last several years because of state budget troubles, a 20% reduction. Kilbride also addressed the Illinois News Broadcasters Association over the weekend on this issue.

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