Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to rollback the recently-approved pay increase for jurors in an effort to save money and ease the budgetary burden placed on counties.
A state law approved last year, supported by groups such as the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, will hike the daily pay for jurors, currently between $4 and $10, starting July 1. Under the measure Rauner wants to repeal, daily pay for jurors will go up to $25 for the first day and $50 after that.
The law in question also halved civil case juries from 12 jurors to six.
Some counties say the increase in juror pay will be too big a cost to bear. But the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association opposes rolling back the measure.
"For someone like Bruce Rauner, maybe it's funny. He can give the check to his doorman," the association's president John Cooney told the Associated Press. "But we've had people lose their car because they served on a jury."