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Counties consider cameras in court

URBANA -- Champaign County is now one step closer to allowing cameras in the courtroom, but it's getting mixed reviews from people standing before a judge.
URBANA -- Champaign County is now one step closer to allowing cameras in the courtroom, but it's getting mixed reviews from people standing before a judge. The 6th Circuit Court has applied to be part of a pilot project.

It was more than a year ago when the Illinois Supreme Court approved the idea. It still has to consider the 6th Circuit's application, which could take a few weeks.

You might remember Champaign County's Judge Tom Difanis was against all of this, but since then, he's decided to get on board. Difanis plans to allow cameras in one, large courtroom for high-profile cases only.

One man who's been to court in Champaign County says he feels like it invades his privacy.

The 6th Circuit Court is made up of six Central Illinois counties: Champaign, DeWitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt.

A judge has the power to keep cameras out of his or her courtroom. People wanting to bring in recording devices will have to apply two weeks before the court date.
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