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01/15/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Blagojevich Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald 'A Heroic Figure'

In a city where politics and corruption are often synonymous, Chicago's top U.S. prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, has burnished his image as a guardian of public integrity with the arrest last week of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

"He's seen almost as a heroic figure," said Dick Simpson, a former alderman and a political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "He's seen as the one effective force who is fighting against political corruption."

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