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A gloves-off story
"The old man's eyes filled with tears as Peter Fitzgerald was telling a great political story. The former senator explained to a downtown luncheon crowd on Thursday how he outfoxed White House guru Karl Rove and the Illinois Combine pressuring Rove to stop politically independent prosecutors from being brought to this state. "Karl Rove called back and said if you will not appoint anyone [from] out of state, we'll let you pick anybody you want, as long as that person is from Chicago," he said, as laughter broke out at the lunch for the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. Political operatives know the history. Fitzgerald went to the press first, to announce his choice of New Yorker Patrick Fitzgerald (no relation) as U.S. attorney in Chicago. This angered then-Gov. George Ryan and House Speaker Denny Hastert, City Hall and the crowd that figured they owned the federal hammer in Chicago." <more>
Push to pick prosecutor told
Ryan, Rove both had idea, ex-senator says
The shrinking mayoral campaign
"The audience at a Chicago lunch sponsored by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a nonpartisan watchdog group, heard a candid, even stirring talk titled "Fitzgerald on Fitzgerald." Former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald recounted why and how he chose New York federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald as his candidate for U.S. attorney in Chicago. Peter Fitzgerald was determined to attack the Illinois culture of political sleaze by recruiting a U.S. attorney who would eviscerate public corruption here. Thus did Patrick Fitzgerald, who's never run for office or passed out palm cards at a Chicago ward breakfast, become the most powerful force in Illinois politics. (Anybody want to argue with that?)"