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Race maps show local divisions

By Pam G. Dempsey — In the past month, media attention has focused on race lines in major cities across the U.S.

CU-CitizenAccess/Visual representation of white and black residents in Champaign-Urbana (Source: 2000 Census)

County focuses on increasing number of minority jurors

URBANA—  Changes to a jury questionnaire have been made to prompt more participation from minorities in the community thanks to the efforts of a county advisory committee.
The Citizens Advisory Committee for Jury Selection , which launched earlier this year, was created by the Champaign County Board to get more minority participation in Champaign County juries.
Since then, the committee was able to remove some questions from the jury form that may pose obstacles to potential jurors among minority populations, said Chairman Aaron Ammons.
Shelley Smithson/ A committee is trying to increase the number of minorities who sit on juries at the Champaign County Courthouse in Urbana.

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