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Senate confirms new federal judge in Chicago

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A long-serving assistant prosecutor based in the Chicago's federal court building will be moving into a new office upstairs in the same building -- this time to become a U.S. district judge.

Manish Shah will don a black judge's robe for the Northern District of Illinois after the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination Wednesday evening.

Shah has been in the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago since 2001. He has worked on major gang, narcotics and corruption cases. Since 2012, he's been the chief of the office's criminal division.

Before becoming an assistant U.S. attorney, Shah served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge James Zagel.

Zagel later presided over the two corruption trials of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

President Barack Obama nominated Shah in September.

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