Will a Chicago President replace a Chicago-born Supreme Court Justice with a federal judge from ... Chicago?
Now that John Paul Stevens is preparing to retire from the high court, possibly within the next month, media leaks suggest that Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge Diane Wood has landed on President Obama's short-list for possible replacements. If she survived what would be a fierce nomination process, Wood would certainly add a strong progressive voice to the conservative court. For some background on Wood, who has matched wits with conservative legal legends Richard Posner and Frank Easterbrook since her appointment to the Seventh Circuit in 1995, check out these profiles from The New Republic and the New York Times last year.