Former Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is the newest member of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Fitzgerald, who retired from his longtime U.S. Attorney post this summer, was appointed today to the board by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D). Fitzgerald now works as a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. The former federal prosecutor is known for his high-profile corruption prosecutions of former Illinois Govs. George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich.
The governor said Fitzgerald “will be an outstanding member of our outstanding leadership team at Illinois’ flagship university,” according to the AP.
Fitzgerald is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School.
The search for Fitzgerald’s full-time replacement is ongoing. Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin (D) and Mark Kirk (R) sent four names to the president for consideration last month. The president has not yet announced his nomination.