State Supreme Court Says Camera Pilot A Success

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DECATUR – You may be seeing more news coverage from Illinois courtrooms.

Calling a four-year pilot program a success, the Illinois Supreme Court has announced a permanent policy allowing media cameras in the states courtrooms.

The experimental program of allowing cameras in the courts began in January 2012.  Since then 15 judicial circuits have been approved for cameras in the court.  The judicial circuit that includes Macon County is among the 15.

“We are pleased with the success of the pilot project and with the great cooperation we have received from the media,” said Chief Justice Rita Garman in a prepared statement.

In 2015, WAND TV used in court cameras to provide news coverage of the Chad Cutler murder trial in Decatur.  Cutler was convicted of killing his wife in their Mt. Zion home.

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