Press Releases

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 29, 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 - 6/29/20 Read the full plan 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...
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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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May 29, 2020
"I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family and community of George Floyd. It is my sincerest hope that those responsible for this horrific murder are held accountable. I am also disgusted by our president’s hateful and racist rhetoric in the wake of the uprisings in Minneapolis. At a time when we are once again reckoning with the toxic poison of racism, we must reject those who delight in dividing us and instead come together to forge a better future. As President Obama said earlier today, while we all want our world to go back to 'normal' amidst this global pandemic, we have to...
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May 21, 2020
Today, the Cook County State’s Attorney Office (CCSAO) announced that in partnership with Lyft, it will provide access to transportation for survivors of domestic violence in Cook County. The partnership is part of LyftUp, Lyft’s comprehensive effort to expand transportation access to those who need it most. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Lyft has activated more than 500 LyftUp partners – including public health entities, local governments, nonprofits and community organizations – to provide free rides and free delivery of essential goods for vulnerable communities and critical workers....
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April 15, 2020
Today, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx urged adults to securely store any firearms in order to keep guns out of the hands of children and teens and prevent unintentional shootings and gun suicides. While responsible gun owners must always store their guns locked, unloaded, and separately from ammunition, it is even more important right now with families sheltering at home. “Ensuring public safety includes protecting people within the walls of their own home,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. “Kids are curious and often know where guns are stored. It is the critical...
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March 30, 2020
Today, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) announced its first confirmed case of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The employee works at the Cook County Domestic Violence Court Building located at 555 W. Harrison Street in Chicago and last reported for work on March 24, 2020. Due to privacy law, no additional information about the individual can be released.   The CCSAO is directly contacting anyone known to have had contact with the employee in the last two weeks.   Unrelated to this employee and in addition to routine cleaning and disinfection, a deep cleaning took...
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March 23, 2020
Following a hearing before Cook County Judge Leroy K. Martin earlier today, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx released the following statement regarding the urgent situation at the Cook County Jail and emergency bail hearings to expedite release of detainees during the COVID-19 pandemic.   “In the interest of both public health and safety during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) has been working around the clock with the Cook County Sheriff and Public Defender to ensure any individuals who are not a threat to public safety are...
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March 20, 2020
Amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx today announced that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) will not prosecute cases of non-violent, low-level narcotics offenses at this time and will continue to review and prioritize other charges on a case-by-case basis to make appropriate determinations in light of the public health crisis and reduced court operations and staffing. The CCSAO’s exercise of prosecutorial discretion is aimed at protecting the health and safety of police officers, first responders, medical professionals, and jail staff and...
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March 18, 2020
Data show domestic violence increases during times of financial stress and hardship, and the uncertainty of COVID-19 and people confined to unsafe environments may contribute to a higher likelihood of abuse. In light of these data points and other factors, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx and the City of Chicago are reminding people that even during reduced court operations, emergency domestic violence and child endangerment proceedings will continue.  While non-essential criminal court, juvenile court, and child protection proceedings are suspended for 30 days, bond, preliminary,...
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March 13, 2020
Following a guilty verdict of first-degree murder in the case of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx released this statement:  “We welcome today’s guilty verdict and the justice it brings to the family of Commander Paul Bauer, the Chicago Police Department, and the citizens of Chicago. This senseless murder ended the life of an honorable man and highly regarded public servant. Commander Bauer’s dedication to serving and protecting the community was evident on February 13, 2018, as he performed his final duties as a Chicago Police Officer. This...
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March 2, 2020
“It is with great sadness that I join others to mourn the loss of a giant, Justice Charles Freeman. When I was elected to serve as State’s Attorney, Justice Freeman called to offer congratulations and some perspective. He graciously reminded me of the importance of being a ‘first,’ and to never forget the responsibility to clear a path for those who come next. I will always remember his words, his integrity, and his many contributions to our justice system and history. May Justice Freeman rest in power and the trail he blazed endure for generations.”
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February 26, 2020
Following oral arguments in Cook County v. Wolf where the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office argued the merits of the injunction to block the Trump Administration’s discriminatory public charge rule, State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx released the following statement:   “When the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office filed suit to block the public charge rule, we knew it would be an uphill battle.  The Trump Administration continues to bypass ordinary legal processes and take extraordinary steps to block people from accessing public benefits like food, housing, and health care.   “The Cook...
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