Cameras in the Illinois Courtroom

By: Megan Dwyer
By: Megan Dwyer

Cameras may be coming soon to a courtroom near you. The 17th Judicial Circuit, which covers all courts in Winnebago County and Boone County, says it's likely to allow the media to bring cameras inside courtrooms this year.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Illinois Supreme Court said it would allow state courts to have cameras as of last month, but they don't have to.

Chief Judge McGraw says he wants input from everyone on the bench before making a decision, but he doesn't think it will come down to a vote. If cameras are eventually allowed public money can’t be used to accommodate them. The court will have to jump through some hoops to make it happen, but the chief judge says the pros outweigh the cons especially if cameras will give people more of a reason to trust the judicial system.

The 15th Judicial Circuit, which includes Ogle, Lee, Stephenson, and Jo Daviess has also said it will allow cameras eventually. Courts near Iowa’s border were the first to welcome cameras this week.


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