Illinois' cameras in courts program awaits big test

Aug 8, 2012

Illinois' cameras in courts pilot program is more than six months old. A spokesman for the state Supreme Court says so far, everything appears to be working fine.

Joe Tybor says all of the status reports from chief judges indicate no media disruptions during proceedings. But, Tybor says they're still waiting for the "big" test.

"One thing we have not see yet is a high-profile trial" Tybor said.

Tybor says that test will come in Whiteside County, when accused killer Nicolas Sheley goes on trial next month.  Whiteside is part of the 14th judicial circuit, which was the first to be approved for the program. The 17th judicial circuit, which includes Winnebago and Boone Counties, is another active participant. 

Discussions are being held to launch the program in the 16th circuit, which includes DeKalb County.