Hon. Kimberly Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney

 

Kimberly M. Foxx is the first Black woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – the second-largest prosecutor’s office in the country. Kim took office on December 1, 2016, with a vision for transforming the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office into a fairer, more forward-thinking agency focused on rebuilding public trust, promoting transparency, and being proactive in making all communities safe. She was elected to a second term in 2020.

As Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim has undertaken substantial criminal justice reforms focused on public safety and equity. She has revamped the office’s Conviction Integrity Unit, resulting in overturned convictions in nearly 250 cases, including the first-ever mass exoneration in Cook County for 15 men whose convictions stemmed from misconduct by a Chicago Police Officer.

Kim played a pivotal role in the crafting of the 2020 Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act to ensure that this historic legislation provides the most extensive, equitable form of conviction relief possible and requires the expungement of low-level cannabis offenses. Under her leadership, the office has expunged over 15,000 cannabis convictions. Providing this relief was not only a critical part of righting the wrongs of the failed war on drugs that disproportionately harmed communities of color; it is also a statement of her values and commitment to justice for all.

Understanding that cash bail can devastate those with limited financial resources, Kim has been a leader in bond reform, instructing prosecutors to agree to recognizance bonds where appropriate and reviewing bond decisions in cases where people are detained because they cannot afford bonds of $1,000 or less. Recognizing the need for the office to focus the office’s resources on rising violent crime, she raised the threshold on felony retail theft to $1,000 in alignment with other major jurisdictions in the country, and the office no longer prosecutes misdemeanor traffic offenses for failure to pay tickets and fines.

With the goal of making Cook County the most transparent prosecutor’s office in the country, in 2018, Kim became the first and only prosecutor in the country to make felony case-level data available to the public. The open data portal provides unprecedented access and transparency into the work of a prosecutor’s office, work that is grounded in data and evidence.

A noted and national speaker on social justice issues, Kim has served on various panels, including the Illinois Judicial Council, Cook County’s COVID Reopening Task Force, and banning together with other elected prosecutors to stand against the criminalization of abortions following the overturned Roe v. Wade.

Considered a national leader in criminal justice reforms, Kim has been published in two anthologies, Progressive Prosecution: Race and Reform in Criminal Justice, Change from Within; Reimagining the 21st Century Prosecutor, where she discusses the inequities in the criminal justice system and the role that prosecutors’ offices can affect change and outcomes for offenders. Kim is also a sought-after keynote, speaker and lecturer, participating in panels across the country including, serving as the keynote for the University of San Francisco- USF Law Review Symposium on Race, Justice, and the Role of the Prosecutor in a Post George Floyd Era, January 2023; panelist for the DAs on the Frontier of Change: In Conversation with Melina Abdullah, May 2022; and as a panelist for the Google Zeitgeist Conference and as a guest speaker for the Makers Women’s Conference in 2018.

Kim served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for 12 years and was also a guardian ad litem, where she worked as an attorney advocating for children navigating the child welfare system. Prior to being elected State’s Attorney, Kim served as Chief of Staff for the Cook County Board President, where she was the lead architect of the county’s criminal justice reform agenda to address racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Born and raised in Cabrini Green on Chicago’s Near North Side, Kim is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. from the SIU School of Law.

CONTACT
Cook County State’s Attorney
69 W. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 603-1880
STATESATTORNEY@COOKCOUNTYIL.GOV

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  11 Responses to “Hon. Kimberly Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney”

  1. Dear Ms. Fox

    this is Cassandra Carey I used to be an employee from Chicago Transit Authority and Need to speak with someone concerning the employee of not being there. Left 901 W. Division in 2006 and the bosses son and himself which name is Kenneth Hannah and son are destroying my car, and watching my every where I go. Please give me a call 219-902-5703 Cassandra Carey

  2. Will you be running against Anita Alvarez?
    I belong to a small political group and we are seeking information on various candidates.
    Arlene Rakoncay

  3. Hi MRS FOXX WOULD LOVE TO HELP YOU GET SIGNED UP FOR THE BALLOT. I LIVE IN RIVERDALE IL BUT HAVE STRONG CONNECTIONS IN THE 29WARD OF CHICAGO.

  4. I would like to find out about your exspongement program opportunity . please call,773 377 6699
    Like to Volunteer as well. Thank You

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  6. Thanks for this great article. I was challenged by someone for deciding to vote for Candidate Foxx. This piece, along with television clips, was very helpful in explaining my decision.

  7. Dear Ms. Fox

    Need to speak with you very important. Cassandra Carey

  8. Dear Ms. Foxx

    My name Charlotte, I have a child that attended John Fiske Elementary School. She was assaulted by one of her teacher’s. This happened on Feb. 4, 2016 it’s now March 1, 2016 and she(my child) haven’t been back to school because the CPS Network Chief Mr. Jerrold Washington didn’t fully do his investigation. CPS never talk to my child, they never ask her what happen. Mr. Washington only talk to the teacher.Mr. Washington trying to send my child back to the same school where she was just assaulted at. It’s not fair to my child that she can not receive a good education. Children should feel safe in the CPS and we as parents shouldn’t have to worry about issues like this. I have pictures and there’s other students who saw the whole thing. Please contact

  9. Dear Ms. Foxx,

    The Center for Multicultural Communities for over 20 years have worked to enhance cultural competence and promote cultural and racial harmony. We would be highly honored if you could speak at our annual board meeting June 6, 2016 at &:00 p.m. or a date in June at your convenience at Prairie State College, 202 Halsted Street, Chicago Heights IL 60411. The topic is “The State of Race Relations and the Cook County Justice System.”

    Your response will be highly appreciated.

    Sincerely,

    Eugene Dumas
    Executive Director of
    The Center for Multicultural Communities
    708-709-3797 – http://www.cmc-hrcs.orgcmcdirect@gmail.com

  10. Dear Ms. Foxx,

    The Center for Multicultural Communities for over 20 years have worked to enhance cultural competence and promote cultural and racial harmony. We would be highly honored if you could speak at our annual board meeting June 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. or a date in June at your convenience at Prairie State College, 202 Halsted Street, Chicago Heights IL 60411. The topic is “The State of Race Relations and the Cook County Justice System.”
    Your response will be highly appreciated.
    Sincerely,
    Eugene Dumas
    Executive Director of
    The Center for Multicultural Communities
    708-709-3797 – http://www.cmc-hrcs.orgcmcdirect@gmail.com

  11. I WOULD LIKE TO PLEASE GET PLEASE, PLEASE GET SOMEONE TO HELP ME EXONERATE MY SON MR. RASHAD DEVANTE SHORT, HE WAS ATTEMPTED ROBBERY, SHOT, PARALYZED, TRIED, WRONGLY CONVICTED SENT TO PRISON FOR FIVE1/2 YEARS! IM TIRED PLEASE HELP ME QUEEN TAYLOR 616-256-4492

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