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Illinois Senators Set Up Committee to Vet US Attorney Candidates

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    US Attorney Fardon Resigns Following AG Sessions' Order

    Acceding to the demands of the Trump administration, Zachary Fardon stepped down Monday as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Phil Rogers reports.

    (Published Monday, March 13, 2017)

    Illinois' two Democratic U.S. senators are taking steps to ensure they have a voice in choosing the state's new U.S. attorneys.

    President Donald Trump's administration told U.S. attorneys nationwide in March to resign, including then-head Chicago U.S Attorney Zachary Fardon. Joel Levin is now Chicago's acting U.S. attorney.

    The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth have formed committees to provide input in picking candidates for each of three U.S. judicial districts in Illinois.  Durbin Pens Letter To Jeff Sessions Asking for Chicago ResourcesDurbin Pens Letter To Jeff Sessions Asking for Chicago Resources

    As Chicago prepares for another likely violent summer, Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday urged U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to "increase the Department of Justice’s support for gun violence prevention efforts" in the city.
    (Published Monday, May 22, 2017)

    The tradition is for a state's top-ranking member of Congress from the president's party to lead the process and for the opposition party to have meaningful input.

    Democrats are concerned Republicans under Trump won't adhere as closely to that bipartisan approach.

    Trump would nominate candidates and the Senate must confirm them.

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