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Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Fitzgerald Floated for Top Attorney General Spot

Patrick Fitzgerald, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, is being touted by some a s a potential replacement for outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Feds' Focus on Chicago Violence Is Part of the Solution

Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have presided over a significant drop in crime, containing the beast that is the city's gang problem seems an insurmountable feat... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM
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By Michael Tarm

Fardon Sworn In as New US Attorney

Fardon Sworn In as New US Attorney

The chief judge at the federal courthouse in Chicago says he has sworn in Zachary Fardon to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Read »

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 10:39 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Committee Unanimously Approves Fardon For US Attorney

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next chief federal prosecutor in Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 6:15 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Quinn Appoints Patrick Fitzgerald to Transit Reform Panel

Quinn Appoints Patrick Fitzgerald to Transit Reform Panel

The man who helped take down Rod Blagojevich is about to get a little busier. Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald was appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday to the transit reform panel amid a scandal among... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced To 30 Months in Prison

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison and a 36-month term of supervised release for spending $750,000 of campaign cash on personal items. Sandi Jackson was sentenced to... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 7:35 AM
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By Michael Tarm

Chicago's Next US Attorney Faces Urgent Dilemma

Chicago's next U.S. attorney faces a dilemma sprung from the twin evils bedeviling America's third-largest city. Should he zero in on Illinois' deep pool of political corruption with the resolve of his... Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Zachary Fardon Nominated to Succeed Patrick Fitzgerald

A former federal prosecutor was nominated Thursday for U.S. attorney, succeeding Patrick Fitzgerald, Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk announced. Read »

Sunday, Mar 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Sources: Lightfoot Out of Running for U.S. Attorney

Sources: Lightfoot Out of Running for U.S. Attorney

As the list of candidates to replace former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald dwindles, sources report that Lori Lightfoot is out of running, leaving Zachary Fardon as the likely nominee from the White House. Read »

Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 6:49 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Quinn Appoints Former US Attorney To U of I Board

Quinn Appoints Former US Attorney To U of I Board

Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has another new job while the state continues to pin down a replacement for his old job. Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday announced he appointed Fitzgerald to the University of... Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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