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Cameras and Microphones Wins MAJOR Step Forward in Illinois Courts

Journalists across Illinois will soon be able to use the tools of their trade to tell their stories, as the Supreme Court of Illinois has announced new rules allowing the practice.

"This is fantastic news for the first amendment, open government and for the public," Illinois News Broadcasters Association President Jennifer Fuller said.  "INBA has advocated for cameras and microphones in Illinois' circuit courts for decades, and I am thrilled to see we're moving in that direction now."

Rules and procedures for the change were released Tuesday, and can be found at the Supreme Court of Illinois' website (www.state.il.us/court/), and Fuller stressed this is a time for journalists all over Illinois to show how comprehensive coverage of the courts can make the system even better.

"We've been doing the job to the best of our ability for so long, telling the story without all of our tools. Now that cameras and microphones can be in the courts, we can really help the public understand what's happening in their courtrooms and in their communities."

INBA appreciates and respects the restrictions that will likely be included in this announcement, and organization leaders says they're looking forward to cooperating with the judiciary in this effort.

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