The man who put two Illinois governors behind bars is stepping down from his post as the U.S. attorney in Chicago.   Patrick Fitzgerald, who has overseen thousands of criminal prosecutions and was the architect of cases against Illinois governors Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan, is hanging up his prosecutor’s hat. Fitzgerald has held the post for the Northern District of Illinois for more than a decade. His office announced Wednesday that he’s stepping down effective June 30.


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Fitzgerald doesn’t give a reason for leaving in the news release announcing his departure. He says he has no future employment plans and he’ll take time off this summer before making any career decisions.   Fitzgerald is leaving the Justice Department after 24 years, including his time as an assistant U.S. attorney in New York. He plans to address his departure with members of the media on Thursday.


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