Press Releases

December 4, 2017
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against two Oak Park contractors charging that they engaged in deceptive business practices.  Named in the lawsuit are Sharon Simek, President of Anthony’s Remodeling Painting & Decorating, Inc., and Anthony Taglia, who is doing business as Anthony’s Remodeling Painting & Decorating. The lawsuit filed today alleges the defendants repeatedly took large deposits from homeowners, failed to perform contracted work, and failed to refund consumers’ monies, violating Illinois’ Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices...
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December 2, 2017
Six defendants are facing up to life imprisonment after a Cook County jury found them guilty of racketeering conspiracy and drug conspiracy following a ten-week trial. Cornell Dawson,  the leader of the Black Souls, a violent street gang operating on the west side of Chicago, was convicted along with Teron Odum, Antwan Davis, Ulysses Polk, Clifton Lemon, and Duavon Spears, who were managers and enforcers for the Black Souls. Fourteen other members of the Black Souls pled guilty to racketeering and drug charges prior to trial. Evidence at trial showed that for at least 15 years, the Black...
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November 27, 2017
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx today announced that they are filing a consumer fraud lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) over its failure to adequately protect the data of its customers and drivers, which resulted in a massive 2016 data breach that exposed personal data of over 57 million Uber users and drivers, and its subsequent year-long failure to disclose that breach to authorities or to the public as required by law. City of Chicago Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel and State’s Attorney Foxx, on behalf of the People of the State of Illinois...
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November 16, 2017
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx released the following statement about the SAO’s motion today to vacate convictions for 15 defendants: “I ran for this office committed to rebuilding public trust in our justice system. When our review of these cases revealed police misconduct that called their validity into question, we acted on our obligation as seekers of justice and moved to vacate those convictions. “As prosecutors and law enforcement, we strive every day to do our work to a high standard. But rebuilding the community’s trust in our justice system requires that when we do find an...
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October 25, 2017
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx presented awards to citizens who have made contributions to the Hispanic community through their professional and personal lives during a recent ceremony held in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Mony Ruiz-Velasco, an immigration lawyer and organizer, is the Executive Director of PASO-West Suburban Action Project, and advocates on behalf of immigrant rights and social justice. For over 20 years, she has provided legal services, representation and counsel to thousands of immigrants and their families.  Before joining PASO, Mony worked at the...
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October 17, 2017
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx today announced the release of a first-ever data report, which will provide information about felony cases handled by the State’s Attorney’s Office in 2016.  Accompanying the report is a release of over six years of de-identified case data, which the public can access online. “When I took office, I made a commitment to dramatically increasing the transparency of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office,” said State’s Attorney Foxx. “This report represents an important first step in that process. The public deserves to know about the work of this Office....
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August 1, 2017
During summertime months many homeowners search for a contractor to repair or renovate their homes, but property owners must be aware that a repair project could turn into a nightmare if you fall prey to a home repair scam. Con artists may never start or complete the work. Materials and workmanship may be grossly inferior to what was promised. Undisclosed charges for permits, cost overruns, and other fees may significantly increase the total cost of the repairs. The selection of a qualified and reliable home repair contractor can be a difficult task, and consumer complaints about contractors...
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June 30, 2017
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx along with members of the Office’s LGBTQ  Advisory Council presented Pride Awards to Cook County Judge Colleen Sheehan, Illinois State Representative Kelly Cassidy (14th District) and community advocate Kim L. Hunt for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the LGBTQ community during a ceremony held in commemoration of Gay Pride Month. The Honorable Judge Colleen Sheehan, elected to the bench in 2000, currently presides in Cook County Juvenile Court.  Judge Sheehan is actively involved with projects outside of her judicial duties that work...
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June 27, 2017
State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx announced today that her office is changing its approach to handling homicide cases in Chicago to prioritize effective and timely prosecution, and promote continuity and coordination among prosecutors, law enforcement, witnesses, and victims to ensure stronger prosecutions. A new Homicide and Gang Unit will be responsible for prosecuting homicide cases in Cook County. Under the new unit, homicide cases will be prosecuted “vertically;” handled by an experienced homicide prosecutor from the new unit from investigation through trial and sentencing. Previously,...
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June 22, 2017
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx filed a lawsuit against a basketball-centered, private Chicago high school and the chief executive of the school, for allegedly failing to refund thousands of dollars in tuition and fees to parents who paid to enroll their children in the school, which closed two weeks into the 2015-2016 school year.   The lawsuit filed today, names the Chicago Basketball Academy, L3C, and the school’s founder and chief executive, Damond L. Williams, a former college and professional basketball player who established the Academy as a low profit-limited liability...
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June 15, 2017
Two Cook County Jail male detainees have been indicted on sexual assault charges in connection with a May 2017 attack on a female detainee which occurred in a lock-up area at the Markham Courthouse.   Hamidullah Tribble, 21, and Nelon Drake, 29, are charged with Criminal Sexual Assault (Class 1 Felony), for assaulting a 52-year-old female detainee while the three were in a lock up area for prisoners at the courthouse on May 2, 2017.   Both men remain in custody at the Cook County Jail on pending criminal cases. Tribble is currently held on $100,000 bail for charges of Aggravated Kidnapping of...
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June 12, 2017
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced today that her office is recommending I-Bonds for defendants who don’t present a risk of violence or flight. Under the new policy, prosecutors will recommend I-Bonds, which allow a person to be released on their own recognizance pending trial, in cases where there is no prior violent criminal history, the current offense is a misdemeanor or low-level felony, and there are no other risk factors suggesting a danger to the community or a failure to appear for court.  The move represents a change from prior practice, in which Assistant State’s...
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June 6, 2017
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx recently honored 13 elementary school students for their award winning artwork that will be featured in the State’s Attorney’s 2018 Anti-Drug calendar.   The annual contest is open to all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in Cook County. This year approximately 800 entries were submitted. The three first place winners will each receive scholarships to the School of the Art Institute.   In addition to having their artwork appear in the State’s Attorney’s 2018 calendar, all winners received tickets to Chicago Sky and Chicago White Sox games;...
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June 1, 2017
“The Illinois legislature has taken important steps to move towards justice system reform and the restoration of trust. I thank the Illinois House and Senate for passing special prosecutor legislation that will allow my office to seek a secondary review in police-involved shooting cases; through this legislation, we will be able to continue to build transparency and legitimacy.   I also commend the Illinois House and Senate for their work on the Bail Reform Act of 2017. This bill takes an important step in reforming Illinois’ broken bond system, and preventing the expiration of state RICO, a...
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May 31, 2017
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx honored three Chicagoans for their professional and personal contributions to the Asian community during a recent ceremony held in commemoration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.   The Honorable Geraldine D’Souza, Associate Judge, Municipal Division, Circuit Court of Cook County; Commander Stephen Chung, Chicago Police Department; and Anne Shaw, Esq., founding officer of Shaw Legal Services, received the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Community Service Award during the ceremony.   Cook County Judge Geraldine D’Souza was appointed a Cook...
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