President Obama named Zachary Fardon the new nominee for U.S attorney in the northern district of Illinois today.
The 46-year-old trial lawyer hails from Tennessee and is no stranger to the U.S. attorney’s office having worked there for almost a decade before moving into the private sector.
Former trial partner Pat Collins says Fardon is perfectly suited to handle the job. Back in 2006, the two put former governor George Ryan in prison along with Ryan’s good friend Larry Warner.
Fardon found himself in the courtroom more recently when ex-governor Rod Blagojevich was on trial. His role was representing the whistleblower.
Working cases from both sides of the courtroom may have prepared him for this moment.
Obama said in his statement, “Today, I am honored to nominate this highly respected legal professional as a United States Attorney. Zachary Fardon will be unwavering in his commitment to justice and I am confident he will serve the people of Illinois with excellence.”
While Fardon, like his predecessor Pat Fitzgerald is considered an independent choice with no real political ties, approved by both senators Durbin and Kirk, the challenges that lie ahead for him are many.