The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois put out a statement on Thursday. It says it will draw names of potential jurors at random from driver's license and voter-registration lists.
Until now, authorities relied only on voter registrations. Critics argued that meant minorities were underrepresented.
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The district's first Hispanic chief judge, Ruben Castillo, is implementing changes approved last year. He will send a new mailing of 34,000 qualifying questionnaires to would-be jurors.
Castillo became chief judge last month. He has said the makeup of juries was a legitimate sore point for defense lawyers and he would make the issue a priority.