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Published on Sunday, December 21, 2014

Raising juror pay, reducing juries gets mixed reviews

To the measure’s sponsor – who was lobbied by the former Illinois Trial Lawyers Association president – raising juror stipends is a simple equation.

Illinois currently hovers near the bottom of U.S. states when it comes to state-set rates, though it varies by county – between $4 and $10 a day, more in some places. Plus, state law doesn’t require employers to pay wages during jury duty. The new law, which takes effect in June, moves Illinois closer to other states by raising it to $25 the first day and $50 after.

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