Search for U.S. attorney down to two
BY NATASHA KORECKI firstname.lastname@example.org February 19, 2013 7:40PM
Chicago attorneys Zachary Fardon (left) and Lori Lightfoot — both former federal prosecutors — have reached the final stages in the select process to replace longtime U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who stepped down last year, sources said.
Updated: April 21, 2013 3:08AM
CHICAGO — The search for the next U.S. attorney is now focused on two individuals — down from four.
Chicago attorneys Zachary Fardon and Lori Lightfoot — both former federal prosecutors — have reached the final stages in the quest to replace longtime U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, several sources with knowledge of the selection said.
Last year, a bipartisan committee led by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, and Mark Kirk, R-Highland Park, forwarded the names of four candidates to the White House. Attorneys Gil Soffer and Jon Bunge were also sent to the White House.
Both Fardon and Lightfoot had already been vetted by a local committee, and now have undergone additional White House scrutiny.
Fardon prosecuted George Ryan and was first assistant U.S. attorney in Nashville before going into private practice with Latham and Watkins in Chicago, where he is a partner.
Lightfoot is one of the city’s leading African-American attorneys and was once the chief administrator at the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards. Lightfoot is a partner with the Mayer Brown law firm.
Fardon would not comment, and Lightfoot could not be reached for comment late Monday.