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Zachary Fardon, a former federal prosecutor, has been nominated to be the U.S. Attorney in Chicago. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Senate Confirms Fardon As Chicago Area’s U.S. Attorney

The U.S. Senate confirmed Zachary Fardon as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois late Wednesday, filling the vacancy created when Patrick Fitzgerald stepped down, the Sun-Times is reporting.

10/17/2013

Zachary Fardon, a former federal prosecutor, has been nominated to be the U.S. Attorney in Chicago. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Senate Panel OKs Fardon Nomination For U.S. Attorney

Zachary Fardon’s nomination now moves to the full Senate after Thursday’s approval. No date has been fixed for the Senate vote.

09/26/2013

U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald discusses his decision to resign from his position by the end of June 2012, after more than 10 years in his job. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Taps Fitzgerald, Former CTA Chair For Transit Reform Panel

Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed former U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald and former CTA Board chair Carole Brown to a panel tasked with recommending reforms for the Chicago area’s public transit agencies, in the wake of patronage allegations at Metra.

08/15/2013

Dirksen Federal Building

Fardon Nominated To Succeed Fitzgerald As U.S. Attorney

Zachary Fardon was on the team of federal prosecutors who secured convictions against former Illinois Republican Gov. George Ryan in 2006. In that case and in others, Fardon gained a reputation as an adept, quick-witted cross-examiner.

05/23/2013

A statue of ancient Greek philosopher Socrates in the center of Athens (Photo credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/GettyImages)

All-Star Lawyers To Re-Try 2,400-Year-Old Socrates Case

A pair of former federal prosecutors will be re-trying a 2,400-year-old case, and they won’t just be trying to convict one of the world’s most beloved philosophers, but they’ll be going up against two prominent Chicago attorneys.

WBBM Newsradio–01/31/2013

U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald discusses his decision to resign from his position by the end of June 2012, after more than 10 years in his job. (Credit: CBS)

Durbin, Kirk Select 4 Former Federal Prosecutors As Finalists To Replace Fitzgerald

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) have sent the White House a list of four finalists to replace former U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald, who stepped down in June, after nearly 11 years as Chicago’s top federal prosecutor.

CBS Chicago–12/03/2012

Robert Grant, special agent-in-charge of the FBI's Chicago office. (FBI)

Chicago’s Top FBI Official Retiring

Robert Grant, special agent-in-charge, will step down Sept. 3. He’s taking a job with the Walt Disney Corporation.

07/30/2012

Patrick Fitzgerald

Last Day In Office For U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has reached last day in office, and he is going out in much the same way he has served.

CBS Chicago–06/29/2012

Gavel

Veteran Prosecutor Gary Shapiro To Take Over As Acting U.S. Attorney

Veteran federal prosecutor Gary S. Shaprio will take over as acting U.S. Attorney when Patrick Fitzgerald steps down at the end of the month.

CBS Chicago–06/25/2012

Robert Blagojevich discusses the resignation of U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald, who prosecuted him alongside his brother, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but dropped all charges against Robert after a jury deadlocked on all counts against him. (Credit: CBS)

Robert Blagojevich: Fitzgerald Resigning ‘A Good Day For Civil Liberties’

Robert Blagojevich, who was caught up in the federal investigation that saw his brother Rod Blagojevich sent to prison for 14 years, said U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald’s decision to resign was a good day for justice, claiming Fitzgerald overreached and was unfairly allowed to gather unchecked power.

CBS Chicago–05/24/2012

U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald discusses his decision to resign from his position by the end of June 2012, after more than 10 years in his job. (Credit: CBS)

Fitzgerald: Serving As U.S. Attorney Felt Like ‘A Dream, A Treasure, Or A Gift’

U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald, who is stepping down from his post after nearly 11 years next month, said Thursday that he felt “blessed” to have served as the top prosecutor in northern Illinois.

CBS Chicago–05/24/2012

Patrick Fitzgerald

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald To Step Down

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down at the end of next month.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2012

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (Credit: CBS)

State Rep. Derrick Smith Arrested On Bribery Charge

A state lawmaker from the West Side was arrested on bribery charges on Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2012

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: Feds Should Come Clean If They’re After Daley Brother

CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson wonder’s if Bill Beavers was serious when the indicted county official said federal prosecutors wanted him to wear a wire to nab John Daley, the former mayor’s brother.

03/01/2012

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers (D-4th)

Beavers: Feds Charged Me Because I Wouldn’t Wear A Wire

Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was indicted Thursday on allegations he failed to pay income taxes on tens of thousands of dollars of campaign cash that he used for personal reasons, but he claimed the feds targeted him because he refused to wear a wire targeting fellow Commissioner John Daley.

CBS Chicago–02/23/2012

Rod Blagojevich

Prosecutors Digging Into Blagojevich’s Finances

Federal prosecutors are digging for data about convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s potential pension income in advance of his sentencing on corruption charges, even though Illinois officials plan to block the disgraced Democrat from getting any state retirement pay.

11/09/2011

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: Blagojevich And The Politics Of Prosecution

If, as Blagojevich says, the U.S. Attorney has tapes that could save him from conviction and many years in prison, why not let the jury hear them? Walter Jacobson has an idea of the answer.

CBS 2–04/21/2011

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald

Kirk: Fitzgerald Should Stay In Chicago

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) says U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is needed in Chicago, rather than in Washington running the FBI.

CBS Chicago–03/22/2011

Patrick Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald On Short-List For New FBI Director?

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald may be in for a major promotion.

CBS Chicago–03/16/2011