The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday issued an opinion striking down a law that cut civil juries in half. The law would also have hiked juror pay.
When they passed it during veto session in late 2014, legislators argued that having fewer jurors made the higher pay affordable.
That, they said, was good for justice: People may be more willing to serve if they got paid $25 versus as little as $4.
But critics say really, it was a thinly-veiled parting gift to trial lawyers from Democrats while they still controlled the governor's mansion under Gov Pat Quinn.