Franks, Tryon praise outgoing U.S. attorney Fitzgerald
CHICAGO – In a city and state known for tenacious corruption, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald became known for equal tenacity in going after politicians of every stripe.
During more than a decade in Chicago, Fitzgerald put behind bars a former Republican governor and then his Democratic successor. He traveled to Washington to win convictions of a top aide to the vice president of the United States, and back home targeted an international media mogul and aides to one of the nation’s most powerful mayors.
On Wednesday, two months after former Gov. Rod Blagojevich walked into prison following Fitzgerald’s insistence that he be tried a second time for trying to sell a Senate appointment, Fitzgerald announced he is stepping down after 24 years as a prosecutor.
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