After a year without one, Chicago finally has a new, permanent chief federal prosecutor.
A chief judge told lawyers at an unrelated status hearing Wednesday he'd just sworn in 47-year-old Zachary Fardon as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. The prosecutor's office soon after confirmed that.
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Fardon once worked as an assistant prosecutor in the same office. And he alluded to that fact in a brief written statement Wednesday, saying he feels like he's "back home."
Fardon helped convict former Illinois Gov. George Ryan in 2006. He left a private Chicago law firm to take up his new, high-profile post where he now oversees around 300 employees.
He succeeds Patrick Fitzgerald, who resigned last year to enter private practice himself. Gary Shapiro served as interim U.S. Attorney.