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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.

McLean County Courthouse

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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 Extended Media Coverage as authorized by the Illinois Supreme Court

Circuit Courts

Status

Counties

Court Administrator Contact

Media Coordinator Contact

 

Cook

YES

Limited to Cook County Criminal Courts

Stephen Brandt,

Michael Carroll

312-603-6000

Shared among media reps

 

312-603-1920

1

 

 YES

Alexander, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Williamson

John A. Murry

Trial Court Administrator

Chief Judges Office

200 West Jefferson, Suite 260

Marion, IL 62959

Phone (618) 997-1234

 

Mike Snuffer @ WSIL TV.

E-Mail : 

mike.snuffer@wsiltv.com

Phone:

(618) 985-2333

2

 NO

Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, White

Mindy Koch 

618-244-8036

 

Lisa Simmons

TBD

3

 

YES

Bond, Madison

Teri Picchioldi 

618-296-4580

Brad Weisenstein

Belleville News Democrat

618-239-2510      

BWeisenstein@BND.com

4

 NO

Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery, Shelby

Jamie Warren

618-283-2030

TBD

5

 NO

Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar, Vermilion

Rustye Cooley

217-826-3943

TBD

6

 

 Yes

Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt

Jeff Waite

217-728-4521

& Roger Holland

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

OK—Champaign and Decatur

7

 

 Yes

Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Morgan, Sangamon, Scott

Susanne Maxheimer

217-753-6360

Kelsey Evans  NEW 2018

WICS TV 20

keevans@SBGTV.com

217-753-5656

8

 

 NO

Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Mason, Menard, Pike, Schuyler

Sharon Main

217-277-2055

David Adam

Quincy Herald-Whig

217-221-3376

DAdam@whig.com

9

 YES

Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Warren

Sandra Redington

309-837-9278

TBD

 

 

10

 

YES

Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell

Rena Parker

309-672-6066

Andy Kravetz

Peoria Journal-Star

309-369-3887

akravetz@pjstar.com

http://twitter.com/andykravetz

11

 

YES

Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean, Woodford

William Scanlon

309-888-5266

Edith Brady-Lunny

Bloomington Pantagraph 

309-829-9000

EBrady-Lunny@pantagraph.com

12

NO

Will

Kurt Sangmeister 

815-774-4577

TBD

 

13

 YES

Bureau, Grundy, LaSalle

Lori Wakeman 

815-434-0770

Dan Churney

The Times of Ottawa

815-433-2000

14

YES

Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, Whiteside

Victoria Bluedorn 

309-558-3289

Mike Ortiz

KWQC-TV Davenport, IA

563-383-7048

MOrtiz@KWQC.com

15

 

 YES

Carrol, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson

Le Ann Brandenburg 

815-732-1197

Kathleen Schultz

kschultz@saukvalley.com

Jeff Rogers

jrogers@sauk.com

815-625-3600 

16

 YES

Kane

Douglas Naaughton  

630-232-3440

TBD

 

17

 

YES

Boone, Winnebago

Todd Schroeder 

815-319-4806

Tom Jakeway, Media Liaison

Maggie Hradecky
WIFR TV 23
815-987-5330
Maggie.Hradecky@WIFR.com

18

YES

DuPage

John Lapinski 

630-407-8888

TBD

19

 YES

Lake

Robert Zastany 

847-377-3600

TBD

 

20

 YES

Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington

Shawn Heinlein

618-277-7325 ext.2557

Beth Hundsdorfer NEW 2018

Belleville News Democrat

618-670-7592

bhunsdorfer@bnd.com

 

 

21

 

YES

 

Kankakee, Iroquois

Adrianne Haley

815-937-2915

Mike Voss

The Daily Journal, Kankakee

815-937-3300

 MVoss@Daily-Journal.com

22

 NO

McHenry

Dan Wallis

815-334-4351

TBD

 

23

 

 YES

 DeKalb, Kendall

 

Leanne Vesta

630-553-4208

Christopher Heimerman

Daily Chronicle

News Editor

cheimerman@shawmedia.com

O: 815-756-4841, Ext. 2221

C: 414-426-7662

F: 815-758-5059

@CHeimermanDDC