Barack Obama's jury duty in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - Potential jurors are marking the fact they were summoned for duty in downtown Chicago on the same day that former President Barack Obama has been called to serve.

As local media reported that Obama left his house in the Kenwood neighborhood on the Chicago's South Side to report for jury duty Wednesday, other prospective jurors took photographs of their summonses to prove they too have been called.

A senior law enforcement official who has been briefed says Obama is scheduled to show up for jury duty on Wednesday morning at the Richard J. Daley Center. The official, who is not authorized to speak about the former president's jury duty, spoke on condition of anonymity.

According to published reports, the Secret Service was at the courthouse on Tuesday in anticipation of Obama's appearance.

Like others, Obama is in line to be paid $17.20 a day for jury duty.

Obama isn't the first high-profile person to appear for jury duty in Chicago. In 2004, Oprah Winfrey was on a jury that convicted a man of murder.

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