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