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Committee to vote on U.S. attorney nominee

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin’s office says the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote next Thursday on President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next chief federal prosecutor in Chicago.

Obama chose Zachary Fardon in May to head the U.S. Attorney’s Office for northern Illinois. After more than a decade in the high-profile post, Patrick Fitzgerald resigned last year to enter private practice.

Durbin spokesman Max Gleischman says the committee will take up Fardon’s nomination and likely vote the same day. The full Senate would then vote, possibly just days later.

Before entering private practice, the 46-year-old Fardon, as a prosecutor, helped convict ex-Illinois Gov. George Ryan for corruption.

U.S. attorney nominees don’t appear before committees to field questions. Senators’ offices and the White House do vet candidates for months beforehand.

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