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Prosecutor in Chicago named head of SEC’s regional office

Joel R. Levin (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Attorney's Office)

Joel R. Levin (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office)

CHICAGO (AP) — A prominent federal prosecutor who helped convict a former Illinois governor of corruption has been named the new director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s nine-state region out of Chicago.

The agency, which regulates the securities sector and enforces securities laws, announced Joel R. Levin’s appointment in a statement released on Thursday. He’ll start with the SEC next month and oversee hundreds of employees in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Levin has most recently worked as the first assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. attorney’s office for northern Illinois in Chicago. He served for more than six months last year as acting U.S. attorney for that office.

Levin was among the prosecutors who in 2006 secured guilty verdicts at the trial of ex-Illinois Gov. George Ryan.

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