News & Events

August 29, 2019
Today, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced its decision in the case 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 Illinois State Rifle Association backed a challenge to a long-standing Cook County ordinance banning the possession, use, or sale of assault weapons...
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August 27, 2019
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx and Code for America today announced a cutting-edge partnership to use Clear My Record technology to automatically clear tens of thousands of eligible cannabis convictions in Cook County under a newly passed Illinois law. Signed into law in June, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act will provide relief to tens of thousands of Illinois residents.  Cook...
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August 8, 2019
Today Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx filed a motion to join in the Village of Melrose Park’s efforts to hold the owners of Westlake Hospital in contempt of court for violating the May 7 order which prohibited the owners from taking steps to close the hospital.    After filing for bankruptcy earlier this week, the owners sent letters to staff stating their intent to transfer out all...
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July 12, 2019
Regarding news of the federal indictment of Robert Kelly, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx released the following statement: “Today’s indictment by our federal law enforcement partners demonstrates the collaborative efforts of our criminal justice system. My office was pleased to work together to secure these charges and will continue to work with our colleagues in the pursuit of...
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July 11, 2019
As the Trump Administration continues to attack and threaten America’s immigrant communities with ICE raids, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) is strengthening its efforts to build trust and ensure equitable outcomes for non-citizen defendants in the criminal justice system. State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx has hired the office’s first Immigration Policy & Legal Advisor, Michael...
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June 25, 2019
“My office is proud to have helped develop this historic legislation, which will provide conviction relief to hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents in the most extensive and equitable way possible,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. “The time for justice is now, especially for communities of color who have long been disproportionately impacted by low-level cannabis convictions and...
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June 22, 2019
We are deeply concerned that the proposed immigration raids by the Trump Administration will lead to further distrust between immigrant communities and law enforcement. Our office remains committed to ensuring public safety, and these targeted and unfair policies are putting people at risk. ICE's escalating tactics directly impact victims and witnesses of crime, making them fearful to cooperate...
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June 21, 2019
“I am pleased that the court agreed there was no conflict of interest here. Regarding recusal, I followed the advice and counsel of my then Chief Ethics Officer. In any event, I respectfully disagree with the court's conclusion that, in the absence of any conflict, the appointment of a special prosecutor is required,” said State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. “As always, I remain committed to transparency...
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June 14, 2019
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx filed a motion today seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from adopting a dangerous Final Rule that would expand the ability of businesses and individuals to refuse to provide necessary health care on the basis of businesses' or employees’ “religious beliefs or moral convictions.”...
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June 12, 2019
  State’s Attorney Foxx welcomed the group of stakeholders to the discussion and emphasized the importance of the collaborative effort.  “I firmly believe that school should be a safe environment where children can learn and grow. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office wants to partner with law enforcement and school districts to ensure that we are not filing cases against children for minor...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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