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March 15, 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: sao.media@cookcountyil.gov   CHICAGO – Three months into her second term Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced two key leadership roles within her office: Ted Berger, Deputy Chief of Staff; and Lea Gutierrez, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.   “I am excited to bring new perspectives to my leadership team to advance the critical work of this office,” said State’s...
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February 19, 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: sao.media@cookcountyil.gov   This morning Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s team stood up for nine more victims who were falsely accused—and later convicted—of crimes by corrupt former Chicago Police Sergeant Ronald Watts. Via a Zoom hearing this morning, Cook County Judge Erica Reddick granted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office’s (CCSAO) motions to vacate the...
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February 16, 2021
February 16, 2021
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February 11, 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: sao.media@cookcountyil.gov   While the Cook County State's Attorney's Office (CCSAO) experienced a decrease in overall felony cases called in for review, the number of cases related to violent crime--specifically gun and murder cases--reviewed has increased. When an arrest is made, and if the law enforcement agency decides to charge a felony, the CCSAO’s Felony Review Unit (FRU)...
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January 13, 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: sao.media@cookcountyil.gov   Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has appointed Alyson Miller as Chief of Staff and Policy, a new hybrid role that combines overseeing the work of the nation’s second-largest prosecutors office while driving a progressive public policy agenda in part of Foxx’s commitment to creating a safer, stronger Cook County.    Miller will assume this ...
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January 13, 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: sao.media@cookcountyil.gov   As Bryan Stevenson has said, “Our criminal justice system treats you better if you are rich and guilty than it does if you are innocent and poor.” Eliminating cash bail ends the practice of detaining non-violent offenders simply because they are poor while also preventing violent offenders from being released because they can afford bail. Additionally,...
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January 9, 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: sao.media@cookcountyil.gov   “I believe that the spirit of Illinois House Bill 163 is meant to build trust in police departments across Illinois while addressing long-needed problems to alter unfair criminal justice policies rooted in systemic racism that result in our jails and prisons being disproportionately occupied by Black and Brown individuals.  And although not perfect,...
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December 15, 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: sao.media@cookcountyil.gov   Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s team formally presented motions to vacate the wrongful convictions of six individuals as part of the office’s ongoing review of the misconduct of corrupt former Chicago Police Sergeant Ronald Watts. Via a Zoom hearing this morning, Cook County Judge Leroy K. Martin, Jr., granted these motions for these six...
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December 9, 2020
On the heels of her swearing-in for her second term as Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx announced key leadership roles within her office: Jennifer Coleman, First Assistant State’s Attorney; Risa Lanier, Chief Deputy State’s Attorney; and Natosha Toller, Chief, Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. A history-making move by Foxx, this is the first time these roles will be simultaneously held by women...
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December 7, 2020
Cook County’s first Black elected State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx, was sworn in for her second term this morning by The Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman, United States District Court Judge of the Northern District of Illinois. The ceremony was broadcast virtually from downtown Chicago, where Foxx spoke about the progress she’s brought since she took office in 2016 and addressed her vision for the next...
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November 2, 2020
CHICAGO, IL—Cook County and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) secured a victory for immigrants today when a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois ruled that the Public Charge Rule violated the Administrative Procedures Act and effective immediately bars the Trump Administration from enforcing the Rule across the United States.   In August of 2019, the...
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October 20, 2020
Following months of court closures and delayed proceedings due to COVID-19, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) is resuming the work of vacating low-level cannabis convictions. Approximately 300 convictions per week are expected to be vacated this month for non-violent possession of cannabis cases under 30 grams that occurred in Cook County between January 1, 2013, and December 31,...
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October 9, 2020
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announces four new data projects in her steadfast commitment to transparency as she oversees the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country.   These publicly available projects include:   The CCSAO’s open data now reflects cases through September 29th, 2020, including 415k people, 955k charges, 818k dispositions, 243k sentences and 21.5k diversion...
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October 2, 2020
After an extensive and thorough review of the police-involved shooting resulting in the 2018 death of Jemel Roberson, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) has concluded that the totality of the evidence is insufficient to support criminal charges against Midlothian Police Officer Ian Covey. “While this conclusion may not be the result that many have hoped for, I can assure you that...
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