Press Releases

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 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) redefined “public charge” as “an alien who receives one or more public benefits [...] for more than 12 months, in total, within any 36-month period (such that, for...
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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, 2019.   “Felony convictions can follow people long after their time has been served and their debt has been paid. As we work to reform the criminal justice system and develop remedies to systemic...
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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 programs. This update includes all felony cases brought to the CCSAO this summer in this time of civil unrest during a global pandemic. State’s Attorney Foxx was the first prosecutor’s office to release...
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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 this investigation was conducted with the highest level of scrutiny by prosecutors in my office's Law Enforcement Accountability Division and the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force,”...
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September 19, 2020
Our nation lost a legal powerhouse this weekend. Justice Ginsburg leaves behind a legacy of grace, principles and perseverance—to say she will be missed is an incredible understatement. Through her position on our highest court Justice Ginsburg never wavered from her driving force to use one’s power in law to ensure social equity. She believed in justice and fairness for every American regardless of their race, gender, country of origin, sexual orientation and religion.   A true force in law, Justice Ginsburg turned a century-and-half policy on its head at Virginia Military Institute, finally...
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August 17, 2020
In response to the Information Release from the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) in the matter of Jussie Smollett, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office released the following  statement: This report puts to rest any implications of outside influence or criminal activity on the part of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD). As the report unequivocally confirms, State's Attorney Foxx was not involved in the decision-making process regarding the Jussie Smollett case at any point and there was no outside influence on that process. ...
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August 13, 2020
As of today, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) has sought felony charges in 43 cases related to the events Sunday night. Forty-two of those cases have been approved.  In the case where the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) declined to file felony charges, the CPD detectives concurred with not charging a felony. The felony charges approved include: “The State’s Attorney Office is ready and available to review cases brought to us by law enforcement and to charge those cases when appropriate,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. “I am committed to keeping our communities...
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August 4, 2020
Today, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx joined a coalition of 20 state attorneys general and 10 major cities and counties from around the nation in challenging the Trump Administration’s efforts to limit access to employment authorization for asylum seekers. Under two new rules, individuals seeking asylum in the United States would be indefinitely delayed and barred in some cases from obtaining authorization to work. In an amicus brief — filed in support of the plaintiffs in Casa de Maryland, Inc, et al. v. Wolf — the coalition urges the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland...
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July 29, 2020
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office works to uphold public safety through the fair and efficient administration of justice.  Every day, our dedicated Victim Witness Unit is on the front lines, working directly with those most affected by violence as they navigate the court system on their path to seeking justice.  This unit is funded by allocations in our annual County Budget as well as both state and federal grants.  These resources allow us to offer limited relocation assistance on a case by case basis.    However, the criminal justice system cannot be the only resource for victims....
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July 9, 2020
Today, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx announced a new online process where county residents can directly report allegations of criminal police misconduct to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO). The CCSAO’s Police Criminal Misconduct Complaint Form aims to increase community safety and police accountability. Some examples of criminal misconduct include: burglary, excessive force (battery, aggravated battery), home invasion, intimidation, and theft.   “As we see an increase in allegations of police criminal misconduct, it is our obligation to provide an outlet where...
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July 6, 2020
List of Community Resources Available During COVID-19 Pandemic in English and Spanish  State's Attorney's Office Court Contact Information Cook County Resumption of Court Operations and Services Plan - 07/06/20 Read more here.   *Update on Court Operations - 6/26/20 Under an order entered today (6.26.20) by Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, the Circuit Court of Cook County will begin conducting more court proceedings on July 6, with most matters to continue to be held remotely via videoconference. Anybody seeking information about when they need to attend court should visit the website of the...
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June 30, 2020
Today, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx released an official policy outlining the Office’s decision not to prosecute individuals charged with minor offenses related to peaceful protests.  In recent weeks, individuals gathered calling for criminal justice reform, police accountability, and systemic change. While protesting, law enforcement agencies in Chicago and suburban Cook County arrested individuals and charged them with various non-violent offenses, including Unlawful Gathering, Criminal Trespass to State Supported Land, Disorderly Conduct, Public Demonstration, and Curfew...
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June 29, 2020
“I am saddened by the horrific violence and loss of life occurring across the city and county, especially for the children who were senselessly and violently murdered in these past weeks at the hands of those intent on causing harm and disrupting the safety of our communities. Public safety remains our top priority. We will continue to focus our attention on violent crime, and prosecuting those when an arrest is made by law enforcement.  It is critical that we continue to work collaboratively with our law enforcement, community, and justice partners at the city and county for a fair and...
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June 15, 2020
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear the Illinois State Rifle Association’s (ISRA) appeal to Wilson v. Cook County, et al. handing the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) a big win in their ongoing fight to protect residents from gun violence. The ISRA backed a challenge to a long-standing Cook County ordinance banning the possession, use, or sale of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, claiming the regulation violated the Second Amendment. The CCSAO’s Civil Actions Bureau beat back the challenge in the Seventh Circuit, arguing that the ordinance...
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June 4, 2020
“The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to public safety and pursuing the fair administration of justice for everyone in our communities. We are aware of the incident that occurred at Brickyard Mall and are currently conducting a thorough, independent review of the matter, including the conduct of the police officers involved. We take law enforcement accountability seriously and have reached out to the family involved through their attorney."
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