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Senator Mulroe incentivizes jury duty participation

mulroe-jurydutySPRINGFIELD – State Senator John G. Mulroe passed a measure out the Senate yesterday that will incentivize jury duty participation in Illinois.

The legislation will decrease the number of jurors needed in civil jury cases and will increase the amount of money jurors receive for their participation in jury trials.

The proposal increases jury compensation amounts to $25 on the first day and $50 for each subsequent day. Currently, jury compensation ranges from $4 to $17 per day (in Chicago).

“People should not be financially penalized for performing their civic duty,” Senator Mulroe said. “Compensation of only $4 per day equates to about 50 cents an hour. People can’t afford to take time off from their job for 50 cents an hour.”

To offset the cost of the increased juror compensation, the proposal reduces the typical jury size from 12 to six people and removes the ability for either party to request a 12-person jury.

“Federal juries operate with 6 members and the jurors are paid $40 or more per day,” Mulroe said. “Thirty-eight other states allow for 6-member juries in civil cases. Illinois needs to encourage and motivate our citizens to participate in our judicial process, not dread it.”

The legislation, Senate Bill 3075, passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday and the Senate on Wednesday. It now moves to the governor’s desk for his consideration.

Sen. John G. Mulroe

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10th District
(Retired)

Years served: 2010 - 2019

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Criminal Law; Executive; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary (Chairperson); Public Health; Subcommittee on Const. Amendments.

Biography: Born July 21, 1959, in Chicago; BBA, accounting, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University School of Law; member of Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations; full-time attorney; former assistant state's attorney and arbitrator for Cook County; certified public accountant; married (wife, Margaret), four children.

Associated Representative:
Robert Martwick
Michael P. McAuliffe