The Chicago Tribune - April 27, 2009
He said he has established a bipartisan screening committee in each of the three federal judicial districts in the state. Similar committees were set up under the presidency of Jimmy Carter, he said. He said the committees would review applications and make recommendations for three U.S. District Court vacancies in the Northern District, the U.S. attorney positions in the Central and Southern Districts, and the U.S. marshal positions in all three districts. Former congressman and federal appeals Judge Abner Mikva was named chairman of the Chicago-based committee. James Potter was named chairman in the Central District ,and Sheila Simon, daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, was named chairman in the Southern District. Durbin said he would ask the committees for several recommendations for each position. "Upon receiving these recommendations, I will review them, conduct interviews and -- in consultation with the junior senator from Illinois and other members of the Illinois congressional delegation -- submit names to President Obama who will make the final decisions on nominees," he said. The junior senator is Democrat Roland Burris.