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Cameras Continue Creeping Into County Courthouses, Kendall the Latest

The DeKalb County and Lake County courthouses have also been cleared for cameras.

Three more counties have been cleared to have cameras inside their courthouses.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced that cameras in courtrooms have been approved for the new 23rd Circuit, which included Kendall County and DeKalb County, and in Lake County in the 19th Circuit, according to a story in the Elgin Courier-News.

According to the story, "Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon has said he expects to have cameras operating in Kane courtrooms sometime this year."

The Illinois Press Association has reported that is up to the chief judge in each the state's 23 circuits to decide whether to allow courtroom cameras.

"The policy will allow for up to two video cameras and two still cameras in a courtroom at the same time. Cameras would not be allowed in juvenile, divorce, adoption, child custody and evidence suppression cases," according to an Illinois Press Association report.

The 12th Judicial Circuit, which is Will County's circuit, does not allow cameras in courtrooms. Since the courtroom camera project began a year ago, 25 counties in nine judicial circuits have participated, the Courier-News story said.

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Rick Nagel January 26, 2013 at 05:06 PM
I deleted a couple comments by John Roberts due to the use of profanity.
Olddeegee January 26, 2013 at 05:23 PM
I'm beginning to think that the Patch comments should be disabled. You used to be able to have a sane conversation but they've degenerated into an infestation of rants and name-calling. I'm avoiding Patch articles due to the ramblings of many of the recurring trolls. Doesn't matter the topic, it's simply become racist, profane, and pointless. Fox News hasn't allowed comments since last summer (like it would make their side look reasonable), now I know where they went. Very sad that free speech has to deal with those that put 10 or more rants from individuals who bring nothing to the conversation.
darla black lopez February 02, 2013 at 09:44 PM
We need cameras in will county courts! Especially in the domestic viloience court room! Prevent the states attorney"s from covering up and making plea deals with offenders especiallly after a vivtim suffers from continues sevear abuse.making secret plea deals even after a victims wants to go to trial. All why the victim is on a order of protection. The police do there job! Time to make the states attorneys do there's!
darla black lopez February 02, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Ugh ! John roberts u again! You ramble and talk nonsence! Like one post said take your meds!
Marilynn Reinhardt February 07, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Olddeegee, I couldn't agree with you more! These "comment" sections have become a sleazy forum for profanity and innane rants by the same offenders who must be nothing but frustrated, wanna-be writers. In my opinion, Mr. Nagel, there are far too few "comments" deleted. The Patch started out to be a resource for news, but it has worked its way into becoming a step above a check-out tabloid gossip rag. Clean up your act and get back to responsible news reporting.

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