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article imageTop FBI agent in Chicago to retire

By Owen Weldon     Jul 31, 2012 in World
Chicago - Robert Grant, Chicago's longest-serving FBI chief, is retiring, just one month after the top federal investigator stepped down a month ago.
Robert D. Grant, 54, is retiring from being the special-agent-in-charge of the office in Chicago. Grant will be going to the Walt Disney Company in Los Angeles, where he will become part of the company's Global Security Team.
According to Sun Times, Grant released a written statement on Monday. In the statement Grant said that has has witnessed the FBI do some pretty amazing things. Grant went onto say that he saw the FBI grow into ways he thought was never even possible. Grant also said that he is going to miss the men and women who work for the FBI and that he is impressed by the work that they all perform.
According to NBC, Grant's retirement comes just about a month after U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald left his job, which he kept for almost 11 years. Grant and Fitzgerald worked closely together when they were in office. The pair worked tracking down public corruption that was taking place in the state as well as Chicago.
According to Chicago Tribune, Grant said that he has always wanted to go onto another career after leaving the FBI and that he still considers himself a young guy with a whole lot of energy left.
One of the largest cases he has worked on was the investigation into the 2008 terrorist attacks that took place in Mumbai, India. That attack left around 170 people dead. He also worked on a separate plot that aimed at murdering the editor of a Danish newspaper that printed the Prophet Muhammad in an unflattering light. FBI agents had to bug an immigration law office as part of the investigation and in order to do so agents had to go and drill holes and install equipment.
Grant said that his agents were able to go right into a high-traffic area in the summertime and they bypassed the security systems and they went without being detected at all.
Grant said that he is a native East Coaster and he never really ever thought that the Midwest would appeal to him. However, Grant said that the city grown on him and its energy grew on him and that he appreciates the city's people and energy, regardless of the corruption the city is known for.
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