Illinois Reporter

Stories from intrepid reporters attending the Illinois Press Foundation Journalism Workshop at Eastern Illinois University

Investigating the Coles County Courthouse

By Olivia Lamberti, Olivia Homel, and Eric Vaughn
CHARLESTON IL, June 23 — The Coles County Courthouse serves a small community that’s surprisingly big on crime.
“Most people who come here aren’t happy,” Judge James Glenn said. “[But] with all these legal minds at work, the right decision has to made.”
The courthouse maintains records ranging from modern murder trial evidence to nineteenth century land documentation.
While those on trial may be unsatisfied, most employees of the courthouse appreciate the importance of their job.
“Our system is so great,” Judge Glenn said. “It’s the best job in the world.”
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Nineteenth century legal documents line the walls of an underground storage room. Records date back to Abraham Lincoln’s presidency.



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