- U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who oversaw the prosecutions of governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, announced today he is stepping down on June 30.
Fitzgerald has been the longest serving U.S. attorney in Chicago history, holding the office for more than 10 ½ years.
The U.S. attorney’s office said Fitzgerald notified the White House, Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk of his decision this morning.
It's not often a US Attorney gets two governors scalps as trophies, but Fitzgerald's was a mixed bag when you look at how many Daley cronies got away and Shortshanks himself for that matter. And the wire that came down a bit too early in the Blago case.
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