Proviso Township Democrats pose with Kim Foxx, second from left, at the Meal of the Day Cafe in Maywood. | Photo courtesy Joanna Klonsky.
Monday, December 28, 2015 || By Nicholas Samuel
“Our criminal justice system is broken and our city and county have been under the national spotlight for how our system has gotten it wrong,” said Kim Foxx, Democratic candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney, at a Dec. 27 press conference in Maywood.
The press conference, held at Meal of the Day Café inside Eisenhower Tower, was convened by the Proviso Township Democratic Organization to announce its endorsement of Foxx.
Among West Suburban elected officials endorsing Foxx were Congressman Danny K Davis, Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen A. Yarbrough, Hillside Mayor Joseph Tamburino, State Rep. Chris Welch (7th) and Broadview Mayor Sherman Jones. Maywood Trustees Michael Rogers and Ron Rovers were also in attendance.
Foxx, who previously served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County for 12 years, will run against incumbent Anita Alvarez and former federal and state prosecutor Donna More for the Cook County State’s Attorney position in the Democratic primary election on March 15, 2016.
With the recent release of a police dash cam video showing Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, many city and suburban residents have called for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alvarez to step down. In the absence of that, however, they’ve pushed their weight behind Foxx as a potential alternative to Alvarez.
“We need someone who understands all parts of the system, has seen it from all aspects and has the ability to stand up and lead,” Foxx said. “You’ve never had a candidate like me. I’m running to be a servant for our citizens.”
Investigating police accountability and perjury, gun control and creating more diversity in the offices of lawmakers and public officials are the main things Foxx will look toward improving if she is elected as state’s attorney.
“It shouldn’t be odd that we have people in office that come from the communities we serve,” Foxx said.
Foxx was born to a single mother and grew up in the Cabrini Green public housing complex. While attending Lincoln Park High School, Foxx pushed herself to take honors classes, even when she was living at a homeless shelter with her mom.
“Those beginnings I have are very similar to the conditions people who are living here in Cook County,” said Foxx, who earned her B.A. and law degree from Southern Illinois University.
“I’m so happy that we’ll get a state’s attorney who loves her work and loves to provide justice,” Davis said. “It’s not about how many people you can convict, but how many of those people got a fair and just trial; that’s the promise of America.”
Yarbrough said Foxx is a passionate candidate who is running not for herself, but for the people in Cook County.
“I met with all of the candidates. Foxx has the right resume and she resonates with the people,” Yarbrough said. “I think everybody here is going to support this woman.”
Foxx has recently served as chief of staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and has experience as a prosecutor, where she managed a docket of more than 5,000 criminal cases.
She is also the Planned Parenthood of Illinois Board President and has served as board president for Free Spirit Media, a nonprofit that partners with schools and organizations to provide education, access and opportunity in media production to underserved urban youth.
“Nothing is more humbling than to have the support of a leader like Congressman Davis,” Foxx said. “I’m invigorated by the support in the room. I stand side by side with you to make it happen.” VFP