U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announced today that he will step down from his post on June 30, after spending more than 10 years in the role. Fitzgerald has no immediate job plans and says he will take the summer off before deciding what he'll do next, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Gov. Pat Quinn said of Fitzgerald's resignation:
I thank Patrick Fitzgerald for all the hard work he and the U.S. Attorney’s office have done to root out and prosecute corruption in Illinois.”
“He has made Illinois a more ethical state by bringing justice to those who betrayed the public’s trust.
“On behalf of the people of Illinois, I hope his successor will live up to the high standard he has set for all public officials.
Fitzgerald oversaw the corruption investigations of both former Illinois governors currently in prison, George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich.