Illinois Sens. Could Forward Chicago U.S. Attorney Names in Next Two Weeks
By Elizabeth Murphy | November 27, 2012 4:03 pm

Two names are expected to be forwarded to President Barack Obama in the next two weeks for the much coveted Chicago U.S. Attorney position, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) (gov)

A selection committee and Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin (D) and Mark Kirk (R) are discussing the final nominees for the position, a source told the Tribune. Durbin, the Senate’s Majority Whip, would as the state’s Democratic senator typically have the final say in which recommended nominees to forward to a Democratic president. Durbin has said, though, that he wanted to make the process bipartisan.

Four lawyers, all former Chicago federal prosecutors, were identified as finalists from the committee search. However, the Tribune noted, the names forwarded to the president for consideration could include lawyers not mentioned in the committee search.

The four finalists, who include three white men and one black woman, are Jonathan Bunge, Zach Fardon, Lori Lightfoot and Gil Soffer, all of whom are partners in large Chicago law firms. Read their biographies here.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald stepped down this summer after more than a decade on the job. Fitzgerald, who was known for his corruption-busting tenure, has since joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as a partner.

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