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Illinois Courts - Cameras in the Courtrooms


On January 24, 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court filed an Order authorized extended media coverage in the circuit courts of Illinois in an experimental, circuit by circuit basis. On January 24, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court filed an Order amending the Policy for Extended Media Coverage in the Circuit Courts of Illinois to include language that would explain the policy to jurors.

Under the process, the chief judge of a judicial circuit can make application to the Court for approval to provide extended media coverage of judicial proceedings in the chief judge's judicial circuit as a pilot project. If approved by the Court, the judicial circuit will be authorized to allow news media cameras in trial courtrooms in that circuit. Additional reporting requirements are required as part of each approved pilot project for the purposes of assisting the Supreme Court in the evaluation of the experimental program and formulation of a statewide policy.

 

 

The following Circuits and Counties have been approved to permit extended media coverage
on an experimental basis in accordance with the Court's Policy for
Extended Media Coverage in the Circuit Courts of Illinois.
Circuit Counties Approved PDF 
1
Alexander, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, and Williamson
09/24/12
PDF of Order
3
Madison
03/15/12
PDF of Order
6
Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie, and Piatt
09/13/13
PDF of Order
9
Knox
12/13/12
PDF of Order
10
Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, and Tazewell
02/14/14
PDF of Order
11
McLean
12/11/12
PDF of Order
14
Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, and Whiteside
01/31/12
PDF of Order
15
Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, and Stephenson
03/28/12
PDF of Order
16
Kane
05/21/13
PDF of Order
17
Boone and Winnebago
04/30/12
PDF of Order
18
DuPage
09/24/12
PDF of Order
19
Lake
01/24/13
PDF of Order
21
Kankakee
03/09/12
PDF of Order
23
Kendall and DeKalb
01/24/13
PDF of Order