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Mayor Applauds Creation Of Federal Violent Crimes Unit For Chicago

U.S. Atty. Zach Fardon’s office created the new violent crimes section, which has been staffed with 16 federal prosecutors, led by Assistant U.S. Atty. Ron DeWald.

04/22/2014

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

New U.S. Attorney Signals He’ll Help Chicago Combat Violence

Zach Fardon, a former assistant federal prosecutor, was sworn in Monday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

11/25/2013

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

New U.S. Attorney: Mayor’s Criticism Of Gun Prosecutions Unfair

Giving his first interview since he was finally confirmed by the Senate last month, Zach Fardon showed a willingness to stand up to the politicians who’ve put huge public pressure on him to do more to tackle the street violence plaguing Chicago’s South and West Sides.

11/21/2013

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. Rep. Bobby Rush (left) and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (right) [Photo credit: Scott Olson/Mark Wilson/Getty Images]

Emanuel Not Taking Sides In Kirk And Rush Dispute Over Gangs

Congressman Bobby Rush has called U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s idea of mass prosecutions of the 18,000-member Gangster Disciples an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.”

CBS Chicago–05/30/2013

U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin (CBS file)

Durbin, Kirk Want Top Prosecutor Nominee To ‘Crush’ Street Gangs

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk met today with Zachary Fardon, the nominee to be the next U.S. Attorney in Chicago, and told him they’d like to see him focus on street gangs and gun violence.

05/29/2013

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

Sacred Heart Hospital, at 3240 W. Franklin Blvd. in Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Another Doctor Linked To Sacred Heart Hospital Arrested

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Randall Samborn, confirmed on Thursday that authorities had arrested Kenneth Nave in Miami Wednesday. Sacred Heart’s owner, another hospital executive and four doctors were arrested Tuesday in an alleged kickback scheme.

04/18/2013

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: Please Pass Along A Message, Mrs. Obama

CBS 2′s Walter Jacobson hopes the first lady will convey an urgent message to her husband when she returns from Chicago.

02/28/2013

Brian James Moudry, 36, has pleaded guilty to setting fire to the home of black residents. (STMW)

White Supremacist Pleads Guilty To Torching Home Of Black Neighbors

Brian James Moudry, 36, of the 300 block of South Reed Street in Joliet, pleaded guilty to using fire to interfere with the housing rights on the basis of race, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

01/18/2013

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

A man holds on to a prison bar inside of a jail cell. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Convicted Sex-Trafficker Sentenced To Life In Prison

A former northwest suburban massage parlor owner who forced four foreign women into prostitution — and tattooed them with his moniker — was sentenced to life in prison Monday.

11/26/2012

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

A Man Uses A Computer Mouse. (AP Photo)

Part-Time School Worker Charged With Child Porn

A part-time Lyons Township high school worker is facing federal child porn charges after agents found over 1,000 explicit images on his computer.

09/23/2011

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