U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he's spoken with Attorney General Eric Holder about a replacement for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. Durbin says Holder assured him that he will name a ``strong and competent'' acting U.S. attorney who will serve until the Senate confirms a nominee. Fitzgerald announced Wednesday he would resign after more than a decade. He is known as one of the most relentless U.S. attorneys in the nation and the architect of convictions against two Illinois governors. Durbin says he will work with Sen. Mark Kirk to establish a formal search process to fill the vacancy. A state's U.S. senators recommend nominees to the president. It takes between 2 and 4 months for confirmation once a nomination is sent to the Senate.
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