It called for increasing juror fees from $4 to 25 a day for the first day and $50 per day thereafter.
The bill enacted after Pat Quinn was defeated by Bruce Rauner.
Here is the December 3, 2014, objection that the McHenry County Board sent to local legislators:
OPPOSE SB 3075 Amendment
Re: JUROR FEES
McHenry County urges you to oppose SB 3075. If passed this will impact jury fees in McHenry County by 425%, see below for a full detailed summary of the financial impact.
Yesterday, Rep. Kelly Burke (D-Oak Lawn) called House Floor Amendment No. 1 and House Floor Amendment No. 2 to Senate Bill 3075 which would significantly increase pay for jurors from $4 currently to $25 first day of service and $50 each day after. Following a short debate, the measure passed the House 67-46-2 [see last House vote on the legislation above].
SB 3075 also provides that civil cases be tried by ajury of 6, deleting language providing the opportunity for a party to demand a jury of 12. If alternate jurorsare requested, an additional fee established by the county shall be charged for each alternate juror requested.
Sen. John Mulroe (D-Chicago) is sponsoring the measure in the Senate.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me directly. Again, we appreciate your support in OPPOSING SB3075.
Heather Winter, Assistant to the County Administrator, McHenry County
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Here is the cost estimated by Court Administrator Dan Wallis:
In review of the House Amendment No.1 to SB3075 as currently written, the best that I can calculate in this short period of is a rough projection of increased costs
Between January 1, 2013 and December 1, 2013 there were 9,825 juror days. This number is calculated by the number ofjurors which report on any given day. For example, if two jurors are summoned on any given day, that would be calculated as two juror days.
By multiplying 9,825 juror days by the proposed $25.00 the amount would be $245,625.00 in juror pay; under the current payment schedule $58,950 was paid out to jurors in pay, mileage was paid out in the amount of $29,411.00.
Since this amendment eliminates mileage, I can subtract the $29,411 which was spent on mileage during this same time frame, with a final increase of $216,214.00.
An increase of 266% or $157,264.00.
Keep in mind this is calculated for single days of service.
More often than not, jurors are brought in on Monday, Tuesday and perhaps Wednesday.
Unfortunately, our juror information system does not calculate that type of information in an easily generated report form.
However, being very conservative, I would say with certainty that nearly 50% of the jurors that are summoned come to the courthouse at least two days during their week long jury service.
Using the above 9,825 and dividing that in half, the estimated cost in juror pay for subsequent days would be $245,625.00, figuring the remaining juror days at the $25.00, a total of $368,437 is the result. An overall increase of $309,488, or a 425% increase.
This certainly would be significant impact as this increased cost would be borne by the taxpayers of McHenry County.
As for the civil jury reduction to 6 jurors from 12, there would be a small savings; however very few civil matters are disposed of by jury trial . The vast majority of jury trials are criminal in nature.
If I can be of further assistance, please contact me.