Press Releases

May 31, 2019
  On May 23, 2019, Judge Steven Watkins issued an order lifting the seal on the files and documents related to the criminal prosecution of Jussie Smollett. On May 31, 2019, the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney will release over 2,000 pages of documents related to the case.   In a continuing effort to provide transparency into the operations of this office, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx has authorized the one-time disclosure of certain materials the public is not normally able to obtain in criminal or civil cases. These documents include, among other things, the work...
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May 31, 2019
“I applaud the Illinois General Assembly for passing legislation that legalizes recreational cannabis and provides conviction relief to hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans with low-level charges of cannabis possession. I am proud of the role the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office played in working to advance this legislation. As prosecutors who implemented these convictions, we must own our role in the harm they have caused and we should play a role in reversing them. The failed war on drugs has disproportionately impacted communities of color, and my office will continue to explore ways...
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May 29, 2019
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx announced an indictment for the murder of a Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation employee who was killed in a 2018 shooting that occurred in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. State’s Attorney Foxx said that the indictment highlights the collaboration of local and federal authorities who worked together on the investigation which led to the arrest and indictment of a member of the La Raza street gang.   “I applaud the efforts our law enforcement partners at the Chicago Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol,...
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May 22, 2019
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx today filed a lawsuit against an immigration assistance service provider and her company for alleged violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and common law fraud.   Named in the lawsuit is Nadia Vargas and the Vargas Consulting Group LLC, a former Illinois for-profit, limited liability company.  Nadia Vargas is the former manager and majority owner of the company.  After the involuntary dissolution of the Vargas Consulting Group LLC in 2016, Nadia Vargas continued to conduct business under the same company name...
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May 21, 2019
HHS Final Rule Seeks to Expand Ability of Businesses and Individuals to Refuse to Provide Necessary Health Care on the Basis of Their “Religious, Moral, Ethical, or Other” Beliefs  Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle filed a lawsuit on behalf of Cook County today, joining a coalition of 23 cities, states, and municipalities, in the fight against a Final Rule issued by the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services, which seeks to expand the ability of businesses and individuals to refuse to provide necessary health...
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May 20, 2019
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx today announced that the Office has launched a dynamic dashboard which provides the community with easy access and rich information on how the office prosecutes felony cases. The new public data dashboard released today on the office’s website will allow users to quickly access and view information about case approvals, case dispositions, and sentencing, including information about the most often charged offenses.  The information on the dashboard will be updated daily and will be built on the most recent case data available.   In 2018, the Cook...
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May 1, 2019
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx reiterates her commitment to improving the Office’s work related to mental health and is pleased to announce the members of the first ever Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Mental Health Advisory Board.  Formed in January of 2019, the advisory board is working to help the State’s Attorney’s Office develop strategies around the intersections and relationships between mental health, substance abuse, and the criminal justice system.  “I am proud of the group of mental health experts and criminal justice...
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April 22, 2019
Today Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama granted an emergency motion filed by Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx to intervene in the Village of Melrose Park’s legal action against private investor owners seeking to shut down Westlake Hospital. The State’s Attorney’s motion, filed on April 19, 2019, was in response to a previous Illinois Appellate Court order holding that the Village of Melrose Park lacked standing to seek a temporary restraining order preventing the hospital from shutting down.  At today’s hearing, Judge Valderrama entered a new order, which was agreed to by...
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April 19, 2019
Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx today filed an emergency motion to be included as a plaintiff in legal proceedings that resulted in the entry of a temporary restraining order (TRO) on April 9, 2019, requiring Westlake Hospital to remain open despite attempts by its new investor owners, led by Pipeline Health System LLC, to shut the hospital down.  The Circuit Court of Cook County previously entered a TRO at the request of the Village of Melrose Park, which is home to Westlake, but on Thursday the Illinois Appellate Court vacated the TRO on the grounds that the Village lacked legal...
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April 19, 2019
“I am aware of recent editorials and commentaries urging the State’s Attorney’s Office to comment further on the circumstances surrounding the Jussie Smollett case. I want the public to know that I am committed to assuring a transparent review of how this office functioned in the Smollett case.  I believe that the most reliable and effective way to accomplish that review is to enlist the assistance of the Cook County Office of the Independent Inspector General, that Mr. Blanchard has agreed to perform that review.  As we move forward in this process, we understand the public’s urgency to be...
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April 11, 2019
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx spoke at a rally today organized by crime survivors in Springfield, Illinois, where survivors emphasized the need throughout the state for more trauma recovery centers where survivors can receive an array of critically important services. “We have an opportunity to take an important step, to make sure that, as crime survivors, we get the necessary and sustained resources that we need to heal and succeed,” State’s Attorney Foxx said. “We need resources to identify and support the needs of crime survivors, including housing, food,...
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April 11, 2019
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx today announced that a fugitive who was sentenced to mandatory life in prison was successfully extradited from Guatemala and is currently in Illinois Department of Corrections custody.   The offender was tried for two cases involving the sexual assault of two young girls between the ages of 5 and 10, who did not know each other, and the abuse happened years apart from one another. The defendant ingratiated himself into two different families so he could prey on the victims. In 2015, Honduran national Evaristo Santa Maria was convicted, in absentia, of...
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March 26, 2019
"After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollet’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case. In the last two years, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has referred more than 5,700 cases for alternative prosecution. This is not a new or unusual practice. An alternative disposition does not mean that there were any problems or infirmities with the case or the evidence. We stand behind the Chicago Police Department'...
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March 1, 2019
CHICAGO - In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week (March 3 - 9, 2019), Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx highlights services provided by the office’s Consumer Fraud Unit, who prosecute violations of Illinois consumer protection laws in Cook County. “The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office operates a Consumer Fraud Unit for the benefit of consumers who are victimized by unscrupulous persons and businesses,” State’s Attorney Foxx said. “If you are a victim of fraud, the Consumer Fraud Unit may be able to help you recover your losses, prosecute the person or business...
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February 28, 2019
CHICAGO – Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx today announced the hiring of Charise Valente to serve as the Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau. Cases handled by the Special Prosecutions Bureau involve long-term proactive investigations that are supervised by seasoned prosecutors with specialized knowledge and experience. A photo of Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Valente’s swearing in can be found here. “Some of our most complex cases, which are imperative to improving public safety and restoring public trust, are handled in Special Prosecutions,” State’s Attorney Foxx said...
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