Obama’s next gig pays $17.20 a day: jury duty

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USA TO­DAY WASH­ING­TON For­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama isn’t quite done serv­ing his coun­try.

Obama —now a pri­vate cit­i­zen — plans to per­form his civic duty and show up for jury duty in Illi­nois next month.

Cook County Chief Judge Ti­mothy Evans an­nounced dur­ing a bud­get meet­ing Fri­day that Obama would serve, the Chicago Tri­bune re­ported. “He made it crys­tal-clear to me through his rep­re­sen­ta­tive that he would carry out his pub­lic duty as a cit­i­zen and res­i­dent of this com­mu­nity,” Evans told the Tri­bune.

Evans said of­fi­cials will take safety pre­cau­tions and make any spe­cial ar­range­ments needed for Obama’s ap­pear­ance. Jurors in Cook County are paid $17.20 for each day of ser­vice, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press.

Obama owns a home in Chicago and one in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Obama, who once taught con­sti­tu­tional law, has been a cham­pion of civic par­tic­i­pa­tion and vot­ing rights.

Evans said Obama’s de­ci­sion is “highly ap­pre­ci­ated.” “It’s cru­cial that our so­ci­ety get the ben­e­fit of that kind of com­mit­ment,” he said.

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