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Judges OK cameras in E. Illinois courtrooms

Published: Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CHAMPAIGN – Cameras could be allowed in six circuit courts in eastern Illinois within the next several weeks.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reported judges in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court approved the cameras during a meeting last week.

Chief Judge Dan Flannell said he submitted an application to the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday. The state’s high court has the final say on whether the circuit will be included in the pilot program that was approved about 18 months ago.

Since then more than two dozen counties have allowed courtroom cameras.

The Sixth Circuit includes Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt counties.

A spokesman for the Supreme Court said it will take a “couple weeks” before cameras can enter the courtrooms.

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