The State’s Attorney functions as the district attorney for Cook County, and heads the second largest prosecutor’s office in the United States. In addition to direct criminal prosecution, the State’s Attorney’s Office files legal actions to enforce child support orders, protect consumers and the elderly from exploitation, and assist thousands of victims of domestic violence every year. The office also serves as legal counsel for Cook County government agencies, and serves as legal counsel for all Cook County public officials.
Why is it important?
This has been one of the more contentious local races this year, following the primary election defeat of former State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. She was heavily criticized for waiting 13 months before bringing first-degree murder charges against officer Jason Van Dyke, who fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. The winner of the upcoming election will be under increased public scrutiny regarding cases of police misconduct as a result.
Candidates on the Issues
In the running are Democrat and current assistant state’s attorney Kim Foxx, who defeated Anita Alvarez by a 2-1 margin in the primary election, and Republican/longtime criminal prosecutor Christopher Pfannkuche.
|Stance on…||Kim Foxx (D)||Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche (R)|
|Guns||Supports standing up to the gun lobby and demanding strict new safety standards for firearms and penalties for irresponsible gun manufacturers||Supports prosecuting illegal gun possession|
|Youth||Supports forming partnerships with schools and other youth agencies to implement restorative justice practices for young people||Supports community outreach,ambassador and intern programs for youth|
|Wages||Supports aggressively pursuing cases of wage theft and other workplace abuses||N/a|
|Environment||Supports prosecuting those who unlawfully pollute our air, water, and environment||N/a
||Opposes micro-managing and wasting taxpayer dollars.|
Full candidate profiles are available on Voter’s Edge.
Cook County’s State’s Attorney Race Is A Watershed Moment For Black Lives Matter (ThinkProgress)
Chicago Sun-Times endorsement for Kim Foxx
Daily Herald’s questionaires for Kim Foxx and Christopher Pfannkuche
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