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Wed May 23, 2012, 02:20 PM

Patrick Fitzgerald Steps Down As US Attorney In Chicago [View all]

(05-23) 10:04 PDT Chicago (AP) --

Patrick Fitzgerald, one of the most feared U.S. attorneys in the nation and the architect of corruption convictions against two Illinois governors and a former vice presidential aide, announced through his office Wednesday that he is stepping down at the end of next month.

As the U.S. attorney in Chicago, Fitzgerald has overseen thousands of criminal prosecutions and high-profile cases against Illinois governors Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan, former Vice President Dick Cheney's top aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and media mogul Conrad Black. He took on public corruption, international terrorism, corporate fraud and organized crime.

Fitzgerald has held the post for the Northern District of Illinois for more than a decade. His office announced Wednesday that he's stepping down effective June 30.

A statement from his office gave no reason for his decision to leave the presidentially appointed post he has held since Sept. 1, 2001. It said he did not immediately have any future employment plans and would take the summer off before considering other job possibilities.

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