President Joe Biden will nominate GE Healthcare attorney April Perry to serve as Chicago’s US attorney, teeing up the first woman to serve as the district’s top law enforcement official.
If confirmed by the Senate, Perry, who was previously a line prosecutor at the Chicago office from 2004 to 2016, would be the first US attorney installed by the current administration in a region that’s fought to combat violent crime. President Joe Biden initially opted to keep a Trump appointee in the post, John Lausch, who stepped down in March.
Perry’s selection process has drawn outsized attention in the Chicago legal community for several reasons. Biden was expected to use the opportunity to pick the first non-White male US attorney in the office’s 165-year history. Plus, the next chief prosecutor in Chicago inherits one of the most significant public corruption trials in the city’s history, and will face calls to reconsider law enforcement‘s approach to gun violence.
Just last weekend, Chicago police reported 29 shootings, eight of which were fatal.
Although US attorney nominees typically experience a bipartisan, expedited path to Senate confirmation, Perry’s approval could get stalled after Sen. JD Vance (R-Ohio) threatened to place a hold on all DOJ nominees in retaliation for the Justice Department’s indictment of former President Donald Trump.
Perry began last year as GE Healthcare’s senior counsel for global investigations and fraud and abuse prevention. Previously she was general counsel at Ubiety Technologies and chief deputy at the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
During her prior tenure at the Northern District of Illinois, she was the civil rights and hate crimes coordinator.
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