New federal prosecutor Zachary Fardon finally OK'd for Chicago

October 17, 2013 4:39:34 AM PDT
After tending to the government shutdown, the U.S. Senate late Wednesday finally gave the nod to a new federal prosecutor in Chicago. Zachary Fardon was confirmed by the Senate to be the next United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

Fardon, 47, fills the post vacated by Patrick Fitzgerald nearly a year and a half ago. The nomination was unanimously approved after months of unexplained delays in acting on the appointment.

"There is no doubt that Zachary Fardon is the right fit to be Northern Illinois' next U.S. Attorney," said Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) "His unanimous approval by the U.S. Senate today is a bipartisan testament to his integrity, experience, and reputation as a crime fighter. I am certain that Mr. Fardon will not only continue Patrick Fitzgerald's stellar reputation of prosecuting corrupt public officials, but will also do everything in his power to take out the dangerous drug gangs that are perpetrating violent crime on the streets of Chicago," Kirk said.

"Zachary Fardon will be an exceptional U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois," said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) "His range of experience will serve him well in a city and region as diverse and challenging as the Northern District. Now that he's confirmed, he'll have to immediately focus on the gun violence plaguing Chicago and I look forward to working closely with him in the weeks and months ahead. I also want to commend acting U.S. Attorney Gary Shapiro for his exceptional work over the last 16months and the entire staff of the Northern District for their dedication and hard work during this transition," Durbin said.

The comments were in a joint statement from Kirk and Durbin Wednesday night. Fardon is a native of Kansas City and attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate education and for law school. From 1996-1997, he was an Assistant Public Defender with the Nashville Metropolitan Public Defender's Office. In 1997, he moved to Chicago and served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District until 2003. Fardon then served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee until 2006. He also served in 2005-2006 as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois to participate on the trial team for the prosecution of Governor George Ryan. He will be leaving the Chicago law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP.


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