Every time I get a chance to talk with McHenry County’s Chief Judge Michael Sullivan, I ask him when cameras will be allowed in local courtrooms.
In a kindly manner, he usually says something like, “Not yet, Cal.”
At the reception after the swearing in of David Gervais as the 22nd Judicial Circuit’s most recent jurist, I sensed that may be within view.
“It will be coming, but I can’t tell you when,” he told me last week.
“We’re edging forward.
“That’s all I can say.”
Other communications from insiders hint that it may be quicker than I might think.
I am in the process of asking those running for judge whether they would vote to allow cameras in courtrooms.
The first I ran into was Ray Flavin.
He told me he favors allowing cameras in courtrooms.
Demetri Tsilimigras is the only one who has given me a flat out “Yes.”
When asked last week at Michael Rein’s fundraiser, Tiffany Davis said,
“I’m not opposed to cameras in the courtroom under appropriate circumstances.”
Even if cameras were allowed, each judge would have the opportunity to prohibit them and rules could be set prohibiting the photography of jurors, for instance.