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Court Reporting Services

Court Reporting Services employees are responsible for making a full reporting of the courtroom proceedings presented in the trial court. It is the duty of the stenographic court reporter to record verbatim all that is said during every court proceeding to which he or she is assigned.

Presently there are a total of twenty court reporters assigned to the 17th Judicial Circuit Court. Winnebago County is headquartered to fourteen Official Court Reporters and four Court Specialists. Boone County is headquartered to two Official Court Reporters. Our court reporters are assigned to courtrooms on a rotating schedule to evenly distribute workloads and transcript volume. All Official Court Reporters are Certified Shorthand Reporters licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.

The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) has installed digital electronic recording equipment in all of the courtrooms in both Winnebago and Boone Counties. All civil courtrooms and select felony courtrooms are currently using the digital electronic recording as the official record. All of the Court Reporting Services employees are trained and certified by the AOIC to operate this equipment.

Court Reporting Supervisor

Kelly Johnson 815-319-4853

Official Court Reporters

Sandy Brassfield 815-319-4836
Michelle Fitch (Boone) 815-547-8062
Lisa Fernandez 815-319-4882
LuAnn Fry 815-319-4838
Mary Gesmer 815-319-4839
Janet Gierwiatoski 815-319-4840
Brittyn Higdon 815-319-4845
Donna Lewis 815-319-4841
Joan McQuinn 815-319-4843
Joyce Olson 815-319-4844
Carrie Pavlick 815-319-4846
Annie Roca 815-319-4849

Electronic Recording Staff

Tammy Gulley, supv. 815-516-2472
Dione Bowden 815-516-2434
Nicole Cramer 815-516-2472
Tracy Hefty 815-516-2435
Ashleigh Huston 815-516-2435
Gina Rubino (Boone) 815-547-8116
Robin Winters 815-516-2472


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