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Cameras/Mics in the Courts - Information and Resources

On February 22, 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court filed an Order amending the Policy for Extended Media Coverage in the Circuit Courts of Illinois (EMC Policy) by discontinuing the pilot program and adopting the program as permanent. Judicial circuits previously approved under the pilot program are retroactively approved to continue on a permanent basis.

Under the amended EMC Policy, the Chief Judge of a Judicial Circuit can make application for approval to provide extended media coverage of judicial proceedings in the chief judge's judicial circuit. If approved, the judicial circuit will be authorized to allow news media cameras in trial courtrooms in that circuit. 

Each Circuit approved for EMC has a designated Media Coordinator(s), chosen from among the journalists who cover the court. Reporters are to notify the Media Coordinator for assistance in having the required forms filed in requesting EMC.

Here are several resources available for journalists regarding Extended Media Coverage:

Illinois Supreme Court Policy on EMC -- http://illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Policies/Pdf/Extended_Media_Coverage.pdf

Illinois Chief Circuit Judges and Administrative Staff Contacts--http://illinoiscourts.gov/CircuitCourt/CircuitCourtJudges/ChiefJudges&Assoc.asp

INBA Training Video on EMC--https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N78Evt64dfA

 

INBA can also help facilitating meetings with area media representatives, Judges and Court Administrators. Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns while covering your courts. If you have any questions, or need the INBA's help, e-mail Cameras/Mics in the Courts Committee Chair Jim Grimes or INBA President Laura Trendle Polus. 

The Court's policy allows electronic journalists to use video cameras, still cameras, and microphones to record certain proceedings in courts that have received approval to participate in the experiment from the Supreme Court. This comes after decades of effort on the part of INBA and other journalism organizations; however, not all courts in Illinois have asked to participate at this time.

The Status Board, below, will be updated with information as more experimental programs are approved and come online.  It includes information on which courts currently have an approved program (indicated in bold italics), information on contacts for each circuit, and, where established, contact information for media coordinators.  If you know of any updates or changes in your area, contact Jim Grimes, INBA Cameras in the Courts Committee Chair, at: JimGrimes@aol.com.

 

Circuit Courts, Counties and Contacts with Camera and Mic Experiments as Authorized by the Illinois Supreme Court

Approved Counties as of January 2017 are listed in bold italics

Circuit Courts
Status
Counties
Court Administrator Contact
 
Cook
YES
Limited
Stephen Brandt,
Rose Marie Larasso,
Michael Carroll
312-603-6000
 
 
 
1
 YES
Alexander, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Williamson
Rick Basler 
618-997-1234
 
2
 
Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, White
Mindy Koch 
618-244-8036
 
3
YES
Bond, Madison
Teri Picchioldi 
618-296-4580
 
4
 
Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery, Shelby
Linda Worker 
618-283-2030
 
5
 
Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, Vermilion
Kathleen Lay 
217-826-3943
 
6
 Yes
Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt
Jeff Waite
217-728-4521

 

7
YES
Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Morgan, Sangamon, Scott
Susanne Maxheimer
217-753-6360
 
8
 
Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Mason, Menard, Pike, Schuyler
Mary K. Willer 
217-277-2055
 
9
 YES
Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Warren
Constance A. Davis 
309-837-9278
 
 
10
YES
Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell
John P. Flynn 
309-672-6066
 
11
YES
Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean, Woodford
William Scanlon
309-888-5266
 
12
Studying
Will
Kurt Sangmeister 
815-774-4577
 
 
13
 
Bureau, Grundy, LaSalle
Lori Wakeman 
815-434-0770
 
 
14
YES
Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Whiteside
Victoria Bluedorn 
309-558-3289
 
15
 YES
Carrol, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson
Le Ann Brandenburg 
815-732-1197
 
 
16
 YES
Kane
Douglas Naaughton  
630-232-3440
 
 
17
YES
Boone, Winnebago
Todd Schroeder 
815-319-4806
Tom Jakeway, Media Liaison
 
18
YES
DuPage
John Lapinski 
630-407-8888
 
19
 YES
Lake
Robert Zastany 
847-377-3600
 
 
20
 
Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington
Shawn Heinlein
618-277-7325 ext.2557
 
 
21
YES
 
Kankakee, Iroquois
Adrianne Haley
815-937-2915
 
22
 
McHenry
Dan Wallis
815-334-4351
 
 
23
 YES
 DeKalb, Kendall
 
Leanne Vesta
630-553-4208