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Cameras/Mics in the Courts - Information and Resources

In January 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court announced an experimental extended coverage policy in approved Circuit Courts. There are many online resources available to journalists when it comes to cameras and microphones in the Illinois Trial Courts:

-- Supreme Court extended coverage order - rules and requirements (PDF)
-- Latest Supreme Court press releases
-- Information on Circuit Court administration and staff

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 Jennifer Fuller

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 April 30, 2012 are listed in bold italics

Circuit Courts
Status
Counties
Court Administrator Contact
Media Coordinator Contact
 
Cook
YES
Limited
Stephen Brandt,
Rose Marie Larasso,
Michael Carroll
312-603-6000
Bob Graves
AP Chicago
Phone: 312-781-0500
 
 
1
 YES
Alexander, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Williamson
Rick Basler 
618-997-1234
Paul Newton
The Southern Illinoisan
Cell 815-275-9444
Office 618-351-5082
2
 
Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, White
Mindy Koch 
618-244-8036
TBD
3
YES
Bond, Madison
Teri Picchioldi 
618-296-4580
Brad Weisenstein
Belleville News Democrat
618-239-2510
4
 
Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery, Shelby
Linda Worker 
618-283-2030
TBD
5
 
Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, Vermilion
Kathleen Lay 
217-826-3943
TBD
6
 Yes
Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt
Jeff Waite
217-728-4521

Mary Schenk
Champaign-Urbana News Gazette
217-351-5313
MSchenk@news-gazette.com

7
 
Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Morgan, Sangamon, Scott
Susanne Maxheimer
217-753-6360
TBD
8
 
Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Mason, Menard, Pike, Schuyler
Mary K. Willer 
217-277-2055
David Adam
Quincy Herald-Whig
217-221-3376
9
 YES
Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Warren
Constance A. Davis 
309-837-9278
Pending
 
10
YES
Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell
John P. Flynn 
309-672-6066
Andy Kravetz
Peoria Journal-Star
309-686-3283
11
YES
Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean, Woodford
William Scanlon
309-888-5266
Edith Brady-Lunny
Bloomington Pantagraph 
309-829-9000
12
Studying
Will
Kurt Sangmeister 
815-774-4577
TBD
 
13
 
Bureau, Grundy, LaSalle
Lori Wakeman 
815-434-0770
TBD
 
14
YES
Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Whiteside
Victoria Bluedorn 
309-558-3289
Mike Ortiz
KWQC-TV Davenport, IA
563-383-7048
15
 YES
Carrol, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson
Le Ann Brandenburg 
815-732-1197
TBD
 
16
 YES
Kane
Douglas Naaughton  
630-232-3440
Pending
 
17
YES
Boone, Winnebago
Todd Schroeder 
815-319-4806
Tom Jakeway, Media Liaison
Stephanie Pearson
WIFR TV 23
815-987-5330
Stephanie.Pearson@WIFR.com
18
YES
DuPage
John Lapinski 
630-407-8888
*Tony Capriolo
LNS Chicago
312-899-2821 (assign. ed.)
312-899-2823
19
 YES
Lake
Robert Zastany 
847-377-3600
Pending
 
20
 
Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington
Shawn Heinlein
618-277-7325 ext.2557
TBD
 
21
YES
 
Kankakee, Iroquois
Adrianne Haley
815-937-2915
Mike Voss
The Daily Journal, Kankakee
815-937-3300
22
 
McHenry
Dan Wallis
815-334-4351
TBD
 
23
 YES
 DeKalb, Kendall
 
Leanne Vesta
630-553-4208
DeKalb County Courts--
Jillian Duchnowski
DeKalb Daily Chronicle
815-756-4841
Kendall County Courts--
Pending