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Chief backs cameras in courtrooms

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Supreme Court’s new chief justice says she fully supports her predecessor’s push to open trials to news photographers and electronic media.

Rita Garman made her comments in a phone interview with The Associated Press Monday shortly after she was sworn in at a ceremony in her hometown of Danville.

Garman replaces Thomas Kilbride. His highest profile policy was launching a pilot program two years ago permitting cameras in select courtrooms.

Asked in the interview if she backs the pilot program, Garman responded, “I certainly do – wholeheartedly.” And she added she didn’t see Illinois ever going back to a blanket prohibition on courtroom cameras.

Dozens of counties are already participating. And Garman said she hopes the state’s most populous county, Cook, will begin participating soon.

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