Illinois U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin were quick to press Team Biden to make another exception: John Lausch, the U.S. lawyer for the Northern District of Illinois. In a Feb. 9 letter asking Biden to let Lausch stay in his place till his successor is confirmed, they famous that there’s precedent for U.S. attorneys on this district to stay in workplace throughout administrations, they usually additionally famous that Lausch is overseeing “extremely delicate investigations.”
What the senators did not say, after all, is that these investigations contain rooting out the rot and corruption that has concerned members of their very own occasion right here in Illinois. Lausch has coordinated a multi-pronged probe that has led him and his investigators very almost to the uppermost ranges of Illinois authorities, has pushed a number of public officers from workplace, has indicted highly effective officeholders corresponding to Ald. Ed Burke, and has shone a harsh highlight on Springfield’s lobbying tradition.
Within the wake of the continuing investigation, Lausch’s workplace has entered right into a three-year deferred prosecution settlement with Chicago utility Commonwealth Edison—a deal by which ComEd admitted it had engaged in a longtime effort to bribe Illinois Home Speaker Michael Madigan. Lausch’s crew additionally indicted ComEd’s former CEO and a handful of the corporate’s key lobbyists, together with Michael McClain, a detailed confidant of Madigan’s.
Lausch’s work is way from accomplished. Illinoisans desperate to see state authorities cleaned up from the highest down, nonetheless, can take some measure of consolation within the Northern District’s status for independence in addition to the truth that Lausch was in a position to stick with it the workplace’s custom for hard-hitting investigations after Zach Fardon, his predecessor, was abruptly dismissed not lengthy after Trump took workplace in 2017.
However we should not must be in search of comfort—we should always as an alternative sit up for conserving Lausch on the job. The work he’s overseeing is just too vital for Biden to permit the pointless distraction of a change of management now. Hold John Lausch on the job, Mr. President.