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Cook County waits for ruling on cameras in courts

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 11:59 a.m. CST

CHICAGO — Two years after Cook County court officials applied to let cameras into their courtrooms, the request is still pending with the Illinois Supreme Court.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the delay comes as justices authorized cameras to be used in 14 judicial circuits. Those circuits cover 40 of Illinois' 102 counties and have been used in a number of high-profile cases around the state.

The state's highest court says it still hasn't figured out how the experiment will work in Illinois' most populous county.

State Supreme Court spokesman Joseph Tybor says there is no specific timetable to approve Cook County's camera applications, but hopes it "will be approved sooner rather than later."

The trial program launched in 2012.

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