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September 24, 2018
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx today announced that her office moved to vacate the convictions of 18 individuals whose narcotics arrests and subsequent convictions were based on the misconduct of corrupt former Chicago Police Sergeant Ronald Watts and other officers working under his command. “As the result of an ongoing review by prosecutors in the Conviction Integrity Unit, today we...
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August 23, 2018
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx announced today that the former mayor of south suburban Ford Heights has been charged with embezzling over $147,000 from the Village’s bank accounts while in office to pay for personal expenses. Charles R. Griffin, 63, former mayor of Ford Heights, Illinois has been charged with the felony offenses of Theft and Official Misconduct following a joint...
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June 1, 2018
Six defendants convicted in December 2017 of racketeering and drug conspiracy after a three-month trial were sentenced today to life in prison. Cornell Dawson, the leader of the Black Souls, a violent street gang operating on the west side of Chicago, was sentenced, along with Teron Odum, Antwan Davis, Ulysses Polk, Clifton Lemon, and Duavon Spears, who were managers and enforcers for the Black...
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May 25, 2018
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has released a report regarding recommendations about the selection, engagement, and management of outside counsel. The report was prepared by former U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Collins, and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Otlewski from the law firm of King & Spalding, who were engaged in December 2017...
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March 26, 2018
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx today announced that her office has filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against Facebook, Inc. (“Facebook”) and SCL Group Limited and Cambridge Analytica LLC (“Cambridge Analytica”) over Cambridge Analytica’s improper harvesting of Facebook user data and Facebook’s failure to adequately protect that data. This resulted in the exploitation of personal data...
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March 7, 2018
In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week (March 4 – 10, 2018), State’s Attorney Kim Foxx focuses on services provided by the office’s Consumer Fraud Unit, who prosecute violators 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...
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March 2, 2018
Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx announced today the release of over six years of felony criminal case data on the Cook County Open Data Portal. The release, the first of its kind in the country, provides unprecedented access and transparency into the work of a prosecutor’s office.  The State’s Attorney’s Office also released its 2017 data report, summarizing the work of the office...
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January 19, 2018
As the agency responsible for making criminal charging decisions under Illinois law, the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney has reviewed the investigation surrounding the shooting death of Paul O’Neal on July 28, 2016 by Chicago Police Officers. After a thorough review of the evidence, including dashboard and body camera recordings, witness interviews, and physical evidence, the Office of...
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January 18, 2018
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against a local business consultant and her company for alleged violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Named in the lawsuit is Althea Taylor and Taylor Made Industries Company, a Westchester based business consulting firm that offers to provide assistance with forming corporations...
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December 27, 2017
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and State’s Attorney Kim Foxx today announced the County has filed lawsuits against some of the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies over the manufacture and aggressive marketing of prescription opioid painkillers and the resulting climb in overdose and fatality rates that are ravaging families and communities throughout Cook County.  The...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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