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New Federal Prosecutor Coasted Into Job

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 06:30:54 CST
By: IPR's Robert Wildeboer

The new northern district of Illinois federal prosecutor says he didn't have to cash in political favors to be appointed to his position.   IPR's Robert Wildeboer reports:


Zach Fardon is the top federal prosecutor in Chicago. It's considered a pretty plum political appointment. Traditionally, a state's senior Senator will select someone who is then appointed by the President. In this case, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk established a bipartisan panel to make the choice. Fardon sat down with a dozen reporters yesterday just to talk about the office and his priorities, and he also talked about how he got the gig.
" Well I hate to bore you but the honest answer is I did what the website said to do. It said fill out this application and submit it. I mean there were no sub rosa communications."

In terms of political clout Fardon says the application didn't even ask for references. He says the bipartisan panel included lawyers and judges who knew, or could find out about the applicants and their work.

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