You may eventually be able to see and hear what is happening in Madison County courtrooms without actually being there. Chief Judge Ann Callis of the 3rd Judicial Circuit has applied to the Illinois Supreme Court to join a pilot program that is exploring the use of audio and video equipment in Illinois courtrooms.
She says having the added media coverage will likely happen on a permanent basis, and wants to get a head start on establishing procedures.
As of now, the request only covers the Madison County Criminal Justice Center, where major felony cases are heard. She could eventually apply to add the main courthouse as well as the Bond County Courthouse.