September 23, 2016
The (Champaign) News-Gazette
Bogus jury bill goes down drain
Good riddance to judicial rubbish.
Taxpayers in each of Illinois' 102 counties can breathe just a little bit easier thanks to a court decision that saves them from an unwise, unwanted, unaffordable and unfunded state mandate.
Two years ago, a lame-duck General Assembly threw a bone to trial lawyers by reducing the size of juries to six members and ordering county officials to raise jurors' pay.
On Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously overturned the legislation, holding that it violates the Illinois Constitution that guarantees citizens a 12-member jury....