The U.S. Senate has confirmed the long-stalled nomination of LaDon Reynolds as the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois. Reynolds retired as Oak Park’s police chief on April 14.
His nomination was among many held up in the Senate in a political skirmish with a Republican Senator.
Reynolds now serves as the U.S Marshal in a district which encompasses Boone, Carroll, Cook, De Kalb, Du Page, Grundy, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, La Salle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago Counties. Reynolds’ was recommended to President Joe Biden for the position by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“LaDon Reynolds is a seasoned law enforcement veteran who will serve with distinction in this important role,” the two senators said in a shared statement.
“He has the experience to succeed and help keep our communities and our federal judiciary safe.”
Reynolds’ nomination, along with the other U.S. marshal and U.S. attorney nominations, was unanimously confirmed April 27, following a lengthy blockade put in place by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR). Cotton blocked confirmation of the nominations over the Justice Department’s treatment of four deputy U.S. marshals who are being sued by demonstrators involved in the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, Oregon. Cotton has called on the Justice Department to pay for the defense of the deputy marshals in court.
Cotton ultimately lifted his hold on the nominations. In a speech on the Senate floor April 27, he reiterated his demands for answers from the Justice Department regarding the deputy marshals but stated he would not object to the nominations.