* Hopefully, this appointment will get around the Senate’s notorious gridlock since it was a bipartisan pick…
Fox 32 News has learned tonight that the White House has decided to nominate former federal prosecutor Zachary Fardon to serve as the next U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois. Fardon was one of four finalists originally under consideration by the White House to replace Patrick Fitzgerald.
There’s been no public announcement yet from the White House.
Fardon is one of two finalists who the White House has been considering for several weeks. The other is Chicago attorney Lori Lightfoot.
The candidates’ names were submitted by Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk to the White House.
Among other things, Fardon helped prosecute George Ryan.
* From his law firm bio…
Zach Fardon chairs Latham’s Litigation Department in Chicago. Mr. Fardon’s practice focuses on internal investigations, government investigations, white collar defense and complex business litigation. He is a trial lawyer who has tried numerous cases, both as a federal prosecutor and a defense lawyer, including cases involving charges of financial fraud, tax crimes, money laundering, corruption, racketeering and conspiracy. He has also briefed and argued appeals before the federal circuit courts.
Mr. Fardon routinely handles high-profile and sensitive matters for his clients. He has extensive experience helping clients navigate legal investigations and litigation that also require crisis management and media expertise. Mr. Fardon has conducted numerous internal investigations for private and public companies and has defended companies and individuals in connection with Justice Department and regulatory investigations.
Federal Election Commission records showed Fardon, an Evanston resident, donated $2,000 to the Democratic primary Senate campaign of attorney David Hoffman, who lost his 2010 primary bid to Alexi Giannoulias.