Blakeman Appointed to Supreme Court e-Business Committee

Champaign County Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman has been appointed to the e-Business Technical Committee of the Illinois Supreme Court. The 11-member committee includes judges, circuit clerks, information-technology professionals, county chief information officers, industry representatives and staff from the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts. The committee was appointed to develop detailed standards for data exchange in e-business projects, working with e-business partners, case-management vendors, state agencies and other stakeholders, as appropriate, to define criteria for each specific e-business application assigned. A primary goal is to assist the courts in moving to a National Inf

Jurors may get a raise

A proposed bill that would increase juror compensation may make more people eager to do their civic duty, area county officials said. But it has those officials wondering how they're going to come up with the money — which some estimate could be an additional $100,000 to $300,000 — to pay jurors. "It's another unfunded mandate from the state that the counties have to worry about," said Piatt County Board Chairman Randy Keith. Senate Bill 3075 would increase juror pay to $25 on the first day and $50 for each subsequent day. The daily rate in East Central Illinois ranges from $10 in Champaign and Vermilion counties to $20 on the first day and $30 for each subsequent day in Piatt County. Ford C

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