CHICAGO – The Illinois Supreme Court’s new chief justice said she fully supports her predecessor’s push to open trials to news photographers and electronic media.
Rita Garman made her comments in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Monday shortly after she was sworn in at a ceremony in her hometown of Danville.
The 69-year-old replaces Thomas Kilbride. His highest profile policy was launching a pilot program two years ago permitting cameras in select courtrooms.
Asked in the interview if she backs the pilot program, Garman responded, “I certainly do – wholeheartedly.” And she added she didn’t see Illinois ever going back to a blanket prohibition on courtroom cameras.