CHICAGO (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted unanimously to approve President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago.
Zachary Fardon’s nomination now moves to the full Senate after Thursday’s approval. No date has been fixed for the Senate vote.READ MORE: Man Shot, Critically Wounded In Grant Park Near Roosevelt Road
The 46-year-old would replace Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald resigned last year to enter private practice after more than a decade in the high-profile post.
Fardon served as an assistant U.S. attorney before entering private practice himself. In Chicago, he helped convict former Illinois Gov. George Ryan for corruption.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup
In a Thursday statement, Sen. Dick Durbin says he’ll push for the Senate to confirm Fardon as quickly as possible.
The Democrat says Fardon will have to “hit the ground running” and focus immediately on gang and gun violence in Chicago.MORE NEWS: Watchdog Report Says CPD Has Taken Few Steps To Fix Problems With Records Management In Court Cases
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