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Extended Media Coverage

Illinois Courts - Cameras in the Courtrooms

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 an 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. Additional reporting requirements are required as part of the approval.

Application to Permit Extended Media Coverage

Extended Media Coverage Quarterly Report

The following Circuits and Counties are approved to permit extended media coverage in accordance with the Courts Policy for Extended Media Coverage in the Circuit Courts of Illinois.

Circuit Counties Approved Court Order
1 Alexander, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, and Williamson 09/24/12  
3 Madison 03/15/12  
6 Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie, and Piatt 09/13/13  
7 Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Morgan, Sangamon and Scott 07/06/16  
8 Adams 01/30/17  
9 Knox 12/13/12  
10 Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Star, and Tazewell 02/14/14  
11 Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean and Woodford 07/06/16  
13 Bureau, Grundy and LaSalle 02/06/17  
14 Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, and Whiteside 01/31/12  
15 Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, and Stephenson 03/28/12  
16 Kane 05/21/13  
17 Boone and Winnebago 04/30/12  
18 Dupage 09/24/12  
19 Lake 01/24/13  
20 Monroe, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington 04/25/18  
21 Kankakee 03/09/12  
22 McHenry 12/11/19  
23 Kendall and DeKalb 01/24/13  
Cook Cook 12/16/14