Lausch to stay on as Chicago’s top federal prosecutor after Durbin, Duckworth intervene

It looks like John Lausch will be staying on at U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, for now.

Washington sources say that the Biden White House has decided to retain the pol-busting prosecutor, under strong pressure from U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, both Democrats.

Durbin and Duckworth confirmed the news in a joint statement, saying “we are pleased the Biden Administration is acting on our request to retain U.S. Attorney Lausch until his successor is confirmed by the Senate.”

“Mr. Lausch has served with professionalism and without partisanship," the statement continues. "While the President has the right to remove U.S. Attorneys, there is precedent for U.S. Attorneys in the Northern District of Illinois to remain in office to conclude sensitive investigations. After our repeated calls, we appreciate that Mr. Lausch will be given this opportunity.”

The sensitive investigations in question appears to be, at least in part, connected to the on-going ComEd bribery probe. Former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan is believed to be a target of that continuing investigation, but has not been charged with anything and denies any misconduct

via Crain’s Chicago Business

February 23, 2021 at 03:52PM

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