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Former president Obama called for jury duty in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) – Former President Barack Obama has been called for jury duty in Chicago.

Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans on Friday told county commissioners during a budget hearing that Obama, who owns homes in Washington, D.C., and Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood, will serve in November. He is registered to vote in Chicago.

Evans says Obama’s safety will be “uppermost in our minds” when he serves.

FILE – This Thursday Oct. 19, 2017 file photo shows former President Barack Obama, left, as he shares a laugh with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov., Ralph Northam, during a rally in Richmond, Va. Northam may have a politician’s dream background, but he’s still struggling with how to define himself in the age of Trump. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Those called can be put either in the pool for criminal case or civil hearings.

They can be called to any of the county’s Chicago or suburban courthouses. All jurors watch a decades-old video about their duties narrated by a mustachioed Lester Holt, once a local news reader and now anchor of NBC Nightly News.

Jurors in Cook County are paid $17.20 for each day of service.

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