Ives calls for confirmation of US attorney candidate Lausch
State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) recently called on the U.S. Senate to prevent further delays and appoint John Lausch as US attorney for northern Illinois, according to a release from the lawmaker.
“The head office within the US Attorney’s Office in Chicago has remained empty for nearly three months,” Ives said in her statement. “The delay in approving Mr. Lausch is both a disservice and an insult to the people of Illinois.”
Ives noted that early in President Donald Trump’s term, US attorney delays were approved fairly quickly, with wait times of approximately two months. For Lausch, who was nominated in early August, that wait time has doubled and continues, Ives said.
“This position should be filled immediately,” Ives said in her statement. “And not for political reasons, but for public health and safety reasons. Unfortunately, crime and corruption does not rest in Illinois. Violent crime statistics continue to climb. Drug trafficking continues to escalate. International terrorism continues to be a clear and present danger. Gang crime is on the rise. Political corruption is systemic. And, yet, we wait on the US Senate, with the most important law enforcement seat for Northern Illinois vacant.”