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Kimberly M. Foxx (née Anderson; born April 1972) is an American politician, currently serving as the State's Attorney for Cook County, Illinois. She manages the nation's second largest prosecutor's office and oversees an office of approximately 800 attorneys and 1,500 employees. She was elected to this position on November 8, 2016. She is the second African American, after Cecil A. Partee, to hold this position.[2]

Kim Foxx
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Cook County State's Attorney
Assumed office
December 1, 2016
Preceded byAnita Alvarez
Personal details
Born
Kimberly M. Anderson[1]

April 1972 (age 47)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Kelley Foxx (born Donny Fox) (m. 2001)
Children2
Alma materSouthern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Illinois University School of Law

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Early life and educationEdit

Foxx was born in Chicago and grew up in the Cabrini-Green housing project on the Near-North side.[3] Raised by her mother and grandmother,[3] Foxx graduated from Lincoln Park High School in 1990.[1] She was previously chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Prior to that, she was an Assistant State's Attorney for Cook County. Foxx received her undergraduate and law degrees from Southern Illinois University. She is a member of the board of Adler University.

Electoral historyEdit

2016Edit

Kim Foxx challenged incumbent Anita Alvarez in 2016, along with former federal and state prosecutor Donna More. On January 14, the Cook County Democratic Party endorsed Foxx for state's attorney.[4] She won the Democratic primary for state's attorney's race on March 15, 2016.

Jussie Smollett caseEdit

On February 19, 2019, Foxx announced that she had recused herself from the Jussie Smollett alleged assault investigation, who was alleged to have orchestrated a staged assault and filed a false report with the local police, due to her "familiarity with potential witnesses in the case", a move that prompted criticism from her predecessor, Anita Alvarez.[5][6] Recusing herself would have required her to ask the court to appoint an outside attorney as a special prosecutor. Critics called her method of recusal insufficient, saying that because her office retained authority over the case, she maintained influence over how it was handled.[7]

On March 26, 2019, her office dropped all charges against Smollett, which was denounced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson.[8] The Chicago Police Union pushed for an investigation into Foxx’s decision.[9][10] Foxx was also criticized by the Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association president Lee Roupas[11] and Nelson Bunn, the Executive Director[12] of the National District Attorneys Association.[13] Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police called for her resignation.[14] Foxx subsequently suggested that race had something to do with the harsh criticism she faced after the decision to drop all charges against Smollett. A special prosecutor has been appointed to examine the handling of the case.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Kim Foxx has been married to Kelley Foxx[3] since 2001 and together they have two daughters.[16] She and her husband are the same age.[17]

Election resultsEdit

Democratic primary results, Cook County State's Attorney, 2016[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kim Foxx 645,738 58.3%
Democratic Anita Alvarez (Incumbent) 317,594 28.7%
Democratic Donna More 144,063 13.8%
Total votes 1,107,395 100.0%
General election results, Cook County State's Attorney, 2016[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kim Foxx 1,459,087 72.06%
Republican Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche 565,671 27.94%
Total votes 2,024,758 100.0%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "1988 Lincoln Park High School (Chicago, Illinois) - Yearbook". Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "Kim Foxx sworn in as Cook County State's Attorney". ABC7 Chicago. December 1, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Kimberly M. Foxx". Cook County State's Attorney. February 23, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Felsenthal, Carol (January 14, 2016). "As Expected, Cook County Democrats Endorse Foxx in Heated Race for State's Attorney", Chicago magazine. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Charles, Sam (February 20, 2019). "Kim Foxx sidesteps Smollett case over 'familiarity with potential witnesses'". Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago: Sun-Times Media Group. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "Jussie Smollett attack: Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx recuses herself from investigation". WLS-TV. Chicago: Disney–ABC Television Group. February 20, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Blitzer, Ronn (March 27, 2019). "Prosecutor Who Dropped Smollett Case Had Said She Was Recusing Herself Over Potential Conflict. Then She Didn't". Law & Crime. LawNewz.
  8. ^ "Emanuel calls dropping charges against Jussie Smollett a 'whitewash of justice'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "FOP renews calls for investigation into Foxx 'interference' in Smollett case". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "All charges dropped against Jussie Smollett". WGN-TV. March 26, 2019. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  11. ^ http://www.ilpba.org/resources/Documents/IPBA%20letter_Smollett.pdf
  12. ^ https://ndaa.org/wp-content/uploads/NDAA-Press-Release-on-Prosecutorial-Best-Practices-in-High-Profile-Cases.pdf
  13. ^ Crepeau, Megan (March 29, 2019). "Two prosecutors' groups rip handling of Jussie Smollett's case by state's attorney's office". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  14. ^ Hopkins, Anna (April 5, 2019). "Chicago Police Union President: Kim Foxx should step down, Smollett case was 'tip of the iceberg'". Fox News. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  15. ^ Babwin, Don (April 8, 2019). "Jussie Smollett case: Prosecutor Kim Foxx suggests race is involved in backlash". globalnews.ca. Global News. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  16. ^ Uetricht, Micah. "The criminal-justice crusade of Kim Foxx". Chicago Reader. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  17. ^ "Kim Foxx: Candidate Profile". Daily Herald. January 1, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  18. ^ "Primary Election Cook County and The City of Chicago Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Combined Summary" (PDF). Cook County Clerk. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  19. ^ "General Election Cook County and The City of Chicago Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Combined Summary" (PDF). Cook County Clerk. Retrieved December 13, 2016.

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