Attorney General for the Central District of Illinois: Gregory Harris

The United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois takes one step closer to history.

President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday the appointment of Gregory Harris as the United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois.

Pending confirmation, Harris will become the first black person to hold the post for the district which encompasses 46 counties in the state, including Sangamon.

“With over 25 years of experience in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District, Greg Harris will be ready to go from day one,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D -IL, and US Senator Tammy. Duckworth, D-IL, in a joint statement. “He is exceptionally well qualified and we expect him to be a diligent, thoughtful and principled US prosecutor. We look forward to ensuring a fair and expeditious confirmation process in the Senate. “

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Since 2001, Harris has served as the Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of Illinois United States Attorney’s Office. He was also the head of the bureau’s criminal division.

Prior to returning to the office where he previously served from 1980 to 1988, Harris spent 13 years as a lawyer with Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, PC in Springfield.

He received his JD from the University of Illinois Chicago Law School in 1976 and his BA from Howard University in 1971.

Harris’ nomination will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee – chaired by Durbin – before receiving a vote on the committee. If the committee approves Harris, his nomination will go to the full Senate for a vote.

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A selection committee made up of former judges, prosecutors, advocates, litigators, academics, legal aid attorneys and law enforcement officials from Illinois reviewed applicants for the position.

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