Cams In Courts
8:57 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Macon County Judges Now Open To Allowing Cams In Courts

Credit WSIU/Illinois Public Radio

Video and still cameras could be allowed in circuit courts in central and east central Illinois within the next several weeks.

The Champaign News-Gazette reports judges in the Sixth Judicial Circuit approved the cameras during a meeting last week.

Chief Judge Dan Flannell says he submitted an application to the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday. The state's high court has the final say on whether the circuit will be included in the pilot program that was approved about 18 months ago.

Since then more than two dozen counties have allowed courtroom cameras.

The Sixth Circuit includes Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt counties.

A spokesman for the Supreme Court says it will take a "couple weeks'' before cameras can enter the courtrooms.