And now there are two, apparently. Former federal prosecutors Zachary Fardon and Lori Lightfoot are the remaining candidates to replace longtime Chicago United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Citing “several” knowledgeable sources, the Sun-Times said two hopefuls for the coveted post, Gil Soffer and Jon Bunge, were no longer in the running. Several other candidates to succeed Fitzgerald as chief prosecutor in the Northern District of Illinois were eliminated earlier, as Main Justice reported last fall.
Fardon and Lightfoot both worked in the Chicago office before going into private practice. The Sun-Times said the two have been vetted locally and have undergone additional scrutiny by the White House. Fardon declined to comment, while Lightfoot could not be reached late Monday, the Sun-Times said.
Fitzgerald served nearly 11 years, prosecuting former Illinois governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich before becoming a partner in the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP last fall (see Main Justice’s report).