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posted: 3/9/2012 6:26 PM

Kankakee courtrooms to allow video cameras

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SPRINGFIELD -- Kankakee County will become the second place in Illinois to allow video cameras in criminal trials.

Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court said Friday he's happy to see another step forward in testing the use of cameras in the courtroom.

The Illinois Supreme Court last year approved a pilot program letting courts request permission for cameras. The first to be approved was the 14th judicial circuit in northwestern Illinois.

Now the district that covers Kankakee and Iroquois counties has been approved. The cameras will be used in Kankakee courtrooms first and expanded to Iroquois County if all goes well.

The Illinois Supreme Courts and appellate courts have allowed cameras to broadcast oral arguments since 1983.

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