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Juror No. 117

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Potential juror No. 117 this afternoon told Judge Zagel she does volunteer work for a group called the Living Word Christian Center.

Zagel didn't press her on the subject, but it appears that that organization received taxpayer dollars from state government when Rod Blagojevich was governor.

The Living Word Christian Center, according to records on the state comptroller's Web site, got $46,893 in state payments in 2006, $30,150 in 2007 and $38,616 in 2008. It was paid most of that money through grants or contracts with the State Board of Education and Department of Human Services, records show.

Given those relatively small dollar amounts, it's unlikely Blagojevich played any direct role in the group's state funding.

Beyond that, it's unknown if No. 117 even knows the group has any ties to state government whatsoever.

Still, there's a possibility No. 117 has -- or could come to have -- a favorable opinion of Blagojevich because a group she supports got state funding under his watch. This, in turn, could affect the jury should she be picked.

It's yet another example of the difficulties lawyers face in screening potential jurors.

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