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Citizen Obama tapped for jury duty in Illinois, will report

Former President Barack Obama will take part next month in one of the most basic of civic duties.

Obama, after receiving notice, plans to appear for jury selection in a Cook County, Illinois, court in November, the county’s chief judge told the Chicago Tribune on Friday.

Obama owns homes in Washington, D.C., as well as Chicago.

Chief Judge Tim Evans first told county commissioners at a budget hearing of the special potential juror and later confirmed the news to the Tribune. He told the paper that necessary precautions would be taken to accommodate security and scheduling needs. He did not specify the date or courthouse location Obama will report to in November.

“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.

Jurors can be called for civil or criminal pools — which are used to select jurors for trials — and they can be called to any of the county’s city or suburban courthouses. The former president will be eligible for the $17.20 per day Cook County juror fee, according to the Associated Press.

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