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Fitzgerald Departs as U.S. Attorney

Gary Shapiro named Fitzgerald's interim replacement.

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Patrick Fitzgerald will leave office with a trail of political scalps and plenty of politicians who have been looking over their shoulders for more than a decade. Phil Rogers reports.

Patrick Fitzgerald left his office for the last time Friday as U.S. Attorney, and while his future job plans remain up in the air, he has said they likely don't include running for public office.

Assistant Federal Prosecutor Gary Shapiro was named Fitzgerald's interim replacement.

Fitzgerald first arrived in Chicago in 2001. The 51-year-old lists two Illinois governors and a bevy of politically connected people to his list of convictions: Blagojevich, George Ryan, Ed Vrdolyak, Robert Sorich, Al Sanchez (hired truck), Issac Corothers, et. al.

With more than a decade of service, he's the longest serving U.S. Attorney in Chicago history. 

He announced last month his intention to step down.

"I extend my deepest appreciation to the attorneys and staff for their determined commitment to public service," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "This was a great office when I arrived, and I have no doubt that it will continue to be a great office."

On the eve of his final day, Fitzgerald announced corruption charges against former Chicago politicians Joseph Mario Moreno and Ambrosio Medrano.

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