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Durbin, Kirk recommend 4 for U.S. attorney

CHICAGO – Illinois' U.S. senators have recommended four finalists to become the new U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Illinois.

Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk say the names sent Monday to President Barack Obama for consideration are: Jonathan Bunge, Zachary Fardon, Lori Lightfoot and Gil Soffer. All four are former federal prosecutors.

Bunge is in private practice, focusing on corporate litigation and investigations.

Fardon is in private practice after working as a prosecutor in Illinois and Tennessee.

Lightfoot also is in private practice after a career that includes a stint as chief administrator of the Chicago Police Department's Office of Professional Standards.

Soffer's law practice has focused on white collar crime.

The White House will review the recommendations and nominate a replacement for Patrick Fitzgerald.

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