Four finalists have been submitted to the White House to be considered for the position of U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Jonathan Bunge, Zachary Fardon, Lori Lightfoot, and Gil Soffer were recommended by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) on Monday to replace former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. The four candidates were recommended to the senators by a non-partisan screening committee that was put together in July. The applicants were recommended to Durbin and Kirk in October, who then reviewed their findings and interviewed the candidates.
"I'm pleased to recommend four exceptional candidates to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois," Durbin said. "Each brings a range of legal and professional experience to the table as prosecutors, lawyers in private practice and managers of large organizations."
"I appreciate the hard work and due diligence exhibited by our screening committee and thank our committee co-chairs, David Coar and Mark Filip, for their leadership," Kirk said. "I am grateful our committee had so many qualified individuals to consider throughout the process, and I am confident Senator Durbin and I are recommending candidates who have the ability to continue Patrick Fitzgerald's tradition of excellence in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois."
During the next step in the appointment process, a permanent successor for Fitzgerald will be nominated by the White House. That person will then be reviewed and voted on by the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Durbin is a member. If the nominee is approved, the nomination will then be considered by the full Senate.
Once the nomination is sent to the Senate, the process takes two to four months to complete.