U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says the presidents pick of a private attorney and former federal prosecutor to head the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago is a good one. Durbin says Zachary Fardon will do a good job. He’s not worried that Fardon is not the outsider that his predecessor was.
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“I just don’t buy the premise that you have to have the right zip code to be U.S. Attorney in the Northern District,” Durbin said. “We’re looking for the right person and I think Zack Fardon is that choice and the fact that he is familiar with Illinois and its challenges, I think is helpful.”
Fardon would replace Patrick Fitzgerald, who stepped down last summer to enter private practice. He came to Chicago from New York and rose to national prominence during more than a decade in the office and successfully convicted two Illinois governors. He had been specifically picked because he had no ties to Chicago. Fardon is partner at the Chicago law office of a major law firm. His job experience includes working as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago. The U.S. Senate must confirm the nomination.