Central Illinois U.S. Attorney Rodger Heaton on Monday resigned from his post to return to private practice as a litigation partner with the private law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson, The Bloomington Pantagraph reported today. Heaton, a Bush holdover, had served in the role since being confirmed by the Senate on Sept. 29, 2006.
Heaton’s replacement will be First Assistant Jeffrey Lang. Lang has served as deputy since September 2007. Lang previously was the supervisor of the Central District of Illinois’ Rock Island office and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida. Read The Associated Press article here.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on July 6 recommended Gregory Harris or James Lewis to be the office’s next U.S. Attorney. Harris currently serves as the office’s criminal division chief. Before joining the office, Harris worked as a litigator at the Springfield law firm of Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes from 1988 to 2001. He also for eight years served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office. Lewis has worked as the head of the office’s civil division for two decades. Before joining the office, he was a Department of Justice Civil Division trial attorney and civil rights lawyer in Mississippi.