Obama Nominates New US Attorney for Central Illinois

Sen. Dick Durbin recommended James Lewis to the president

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    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the White House after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the health care reform legislation March 21, 2009 in Washington, DC.

    President Barack Obama has nominated a longtime federal prosecutor to be the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois.

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin recommended James Lewis to the president.

    Durbin says Lewis has served in the central district for more than 25 years. He's been both an assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the civil division.

    "I was honored to recommend his name to President Obama, and am confident that he will bring a strong work ethic and great depth of knowledge to the position of U.S. Attorney," Durbin said.

    Lewis has also served as a trial attorney with the Justice Department, a law professor and civil rights lawyer in Mississippi.

    His nomination now moves to the Senate Judiciary Committee. If the committee approves him, the full Senate will vote on his appointment.

    The central district serves 46 Illinois counties. The court hears cases in Peoria, Urbana, Springfield, and Rock Island.