On January 24, 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court authorized extended media coverage in the circuit courts of Illinois in an experimental, circuit by circuit basis. On January 24, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court filed an Order amending the Policy for Extended Media Coverage in the Circuit Courts of Illinois to include language that would explain the policy to jurors.
Under the process, the chief judge of a judicial circuit can make application to the Court for approval to provide extended medai coverage of judicial proceedings in the chief judge's judicial circuit as a pilot project. If approved by the Court, 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 each approved pilot project for the purposes of assisting the Supreme Court in the evaluation of the experimental program and formulation of a statewide policy.
The following Circuits and Counties have been approved to permit extended media coverage
on an experimental basis
in accordance with
Extended Media Coverage in the Circuit Courts of Illinois.
Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope,
Pulaski, Saline, Union and