Jury selection in Rod Blagojevich's retrial has started today with a group of 150 potential jurors summoned to the courthouse.
No in-court hearing is scheduled for the day but the potential jurors are now filling out a lengthy questionnaire, according to the U.S. District Court Clerk's office.
The judge is hopeful that actual juror questioning will start Thursday and end by next week, mid-week, said courts spokesman Joel Daly.
U.S. District Judge James Zagel has ruled that jurors in this case will remain anonymous until after they render a verdict.
Rod Blagojevich is not expected to show up today but will be "on stand-by" he said Tuesday.
In a Tuesday interview, Blagojevich said he felt no joy watching his last jury return a mistrial on 23 of 24 counts.
"I felt, this is what happens when you don't put on a defense," he said.