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Peoria County Pilot Program Permits Extended Media Coverage in Several Courtrooms

Mar 24, 2014

After receiving approval from the Supreme Court on February 14, 2014, Peoria County became one of 40 Illinois counties that have implemented an extended media coverage program.  Peoria County trial judges are now allowing extended media coverage, including photos, videos and live blogging, in select courtrooms. They have carefully crafted rules to protect the integrity of the courtroom and a persons right to a fair trial and bring transparency to court proceedings.

Under the new rules and at the trial judges discretion, media representatives can request permission to conduct extended coverage at specific trials and hearings.  Extended media coverage will not be allowed in any family or domestic relations courts.  Andy Kravetz, reporter for the Peoria Journal Star, was selected as the coordinator to process all requests by various media representatives regarding extended media coverage under this program.  All media representatives who wish to participate in this program must also be credentialed by the Peoria County Sheriffs department.  These credentials are valid for one year.

The Supreme Court approved a program for all five counties in the Tenth Circuit.  Marshall, Putnam, Stark and Tazewell Counties will be allowing the same extended media program effective April 15, 2014.

The new rules and required forms for Peoria Countys program can be found on this website under Local Rules.  Any inquiries regarding this program can be directed to Rena Parker, Court Administrator for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, 324 Main Street, Room 215, Peoria, Illinois 61602, (309) 672-6088;

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