It has been a full year since Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride announced the Illinois Supreme Court's approval of a pilot program to allow cameras in courtrooms for the first time ever.
"At this time last year, my colleagues and I announced a pilot project in order to promote greater openness and accountability in Illinois courts by allowing cameras and microphones in the trial courtrooms," Chief Justice Kilbride said. "By giving the public a closer look at the workings of our court system, I remain confident that citizens will learn more about how their courts work and the critical roles that judges and the courts have in our society."
Since that announcement, 25 counties in nine judicial circuits have allowed news photographers and electronic news media inside their courtrooms.
DeKalb County, in the 23rd Circuit, was approved for the pilot program effective on January 24, 2013. Winnebago and Boone counties began participating in the program in April 2012. Other local participating counties include Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside.
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