CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's next U.S. attorney faces a dilemma sprung from the twin evils bedeviling America's third-largest city.
Should he zero in on Illinois' deep pool of political corruption with the resolve of his predecessor, who sent two governors to prison? Or should he devote even more resources to the gang- and drug-related violence that has claimed hundreds of lives?
The urgency of the question was highlighted by a weekend of violence that left seven people dead and more than three dozen wounded.
The pressure on Zachary Fardon has been especially intense.
After the White House recently named him to replace Patrick Fitzgerald, Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk called on him to target guns, gangs and drugs. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also urged Fardon to make violence a top priority.