Reporting with Lark Turner
A male juror was just called to be questioned out of numerical order. It probably has something to do with the note he's carrying today:
"I'm supposed to start a new job today. I've been unemployed for 16 months. I have documentation that I'm starting today, or suppose to start today," the man tells U.S. District Judge James Zagel.
The man says he was laid off from his last employer, Exxon Mobil and has been trying to find employment.
He also has a stepdaughter who works for NBC-5 Chicago, a friend who was an FBI agent and the man applied to be an FBI and DEA agent 25 years ago, he says.
Zagel didn't immediately indicate whether they'd excuse the individual.
So far, 13 potential jurors were questioned this morning.
We're now breaking until 1 p.m.