U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has laid out his process for how he will select candidates for federal judges.
The plan is guaranteed to be of intense interest to Illinois attorneys.
In a letter to Illinois congressmen, Durbin says he's established a bipartisan screening committee in each of the three federal judicial districts in the state.
He says similar committees were set up under the presidency of Jimmy Carter.
Durbin says 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.