Finalist to Replace Patrick Fitzgerald as U.S. attorney may be Jonathan Bunge

Ever since the former US Attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald, stepped down after serving for more than a decade, the search for his successor has been ongoing.


The United States Attorney in Chicago is one of the most respectable prosecutor jobs in the US and the list of nominees for the post has been narrowed down to eight candidates, according to sources that are closely following the process.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the final recommendations will be submitted to Illinois Sens, the selection committee. Democrat, Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, Republican, are both working together to make the list of recommendations that will be sent to the senate for a final decision. Until then, Gary Sharpiano, Fitzgerald’s former deputy is the acting U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois.

From the eight finalists on the list, six of them are private practice lawyers, a Chicago District Judge and the inspector general for the state of Illinois.

About Jonathan Bunge

Jon Bunge joined the Justice Department in 1988, a short while after his graduation from the University of Chicago Law School. He is also the former assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Illinois and served as the deputy chief of the General Crimes Section from 1990 to 1999. There, he worked on many cases of local and public corruption.

Jonathan Bunge is currently a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and focuses on general and business litigation, among other white collar criminal defense cases and his qualifications make him a strong candidate for the office of U.S. attorney in Chicago.

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