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President Obama Departs The White House En Route To Illinois

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Former President Barack Obama showed up to a Chicago courthouse for jury duty on Wednesday morning. Shortly before noon, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans announced that the former president had not been selected for jury duty. It turns out this is not his only recent summons. In 2010 – during his presidency – he received a summons, but was able to postpone reporting.   Obama will receive $17.20 — the daily rate of pay for perspective jurors.

Though he is the highest-ranking former public official to be called to jury duty in Chicago, he is not the first former president to be called to jury duty.  Former President George W. Bush reported for jury duty in Dallas in 2015. And in 2003, former President Bill Clinton showed up for jury duty in New York City. None of the former Presidents was selected.

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