Greg Harris Confirmed As New Supreme Federal Attorney For Central Illinois
Greg Harris has been confirmed as the new chief federal prosecutor for central Illinois. He is the first black American lawyer for the Central District of Illinois.
Harris has served as the Assistant United States Attorney in central Illinois for the past 20 years, including as Chief Criminal. He also worked in private practice in the 1980s, before entering private practice.
President Biden appointed Harris for the post in October. It was confirmed by the entire Senate on Tuesday.
âHaving served nearly 30 years as an Assistant United States Attorney, over a decade in private practice, and several years in the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender, Greg Harris is well qualified and an excellent choice for assume the role of United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois. His diligent, thoughtful, principled approach to the law will serve central Illinois well, and we are proud to have supported his appointment and confirmation, âsaid American Senses Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth of the Illinois.
Durbin and Duckworth recommended that Biden consider the job at Harris or Christian County State Attorney Michael Havera.
Harris was involved in the creation and operation of the Central Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force, which was established to combat human trafficking in the Central District of Illinois. He also volunteered for the Springfield Urban League and the Springfield branch of the NAACP. Earlier in his career, he served as a Deputy Appeals Advocate, serving accused on appeal.
Harris succeeds John Milhiser, who served as a US prosecutor in the Trump administration until his resignation in February 2021. It is common for new administrations to select new US prosecutors.
The Central District is headquartered in Springfield, with offices in Peoria, Urbana and Rock Island. It covers 46 counties, including McLean and Peoria counties.