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Courtroom camera decision expected soon

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 04:13:30 CDT
By: IPR's Brian Mackey


     The Illinois Supreme Court is expected to announce today that it's allowing cameras in trial courtrooms in two more judicial circuits. The Illinois Supreme Court announced it would allow cameras and radio microphones in trial courts on a pilot basis back in January, but the rollout has been slow. The court's approved cameras in smaller media markets like the Quad Cities and Kankakee. Today the justices are expected to expand that privilege to several counties in far Southern Illinois, and DuPage County, in Chicago's west suburbs. Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride previewed the announcement over the weekend, addressing a convention of radio and TV reporters:

   

"The significance about DuPage is that it's close to Chicago, Cook County, and as many of you know, we're all looking at Cook County."

Cook County has the largest trial court system in the country, and although the top judge there says he's in favor of cameras, the Supreme Court has taken a cautious approach. Kilbride says while there's been good progress, he doesn't know when cameras will be allowed in Cook County. He says there's been some talk it could happen before the end of the year.

Courtroom camera decision expected soon

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