Updated: Illinois Supreme Court approves cameras in courtrooms for Sixth Judicial Circuit

The Chief Judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Illinois said he'd like to start allowing cameras and other recording devices in courtrooms by the end of the year.

The comments from Judge Dan Flannell come after the Illinois Supreme Court on Friday approved allowing the devices for the Sixth Circuit, which includes Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt Counties.

Flannell said he'd like to have everything in place by December but said there's still plenty of work to do.

Meanwhile, Champaign County Presiding Judge Tom Difanis led a committee that studied the issue of cameras in courts.  He said in a news release that judges in the sixth circuit voted overwhelmingly to approve the new plan, and that there is little concern among judges about implementation.

With the change, the number of Illinois counties that are allowing cameras in courts rises to 35.

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