Democrats endorse Kim Foxx for state's attorney

Posted1/14/2016 11:22 AM

As expected, the Cook County Democratic Party endorsed Kim Foxx for state's attorney over incumbent Anita Alvarez after a strong push of support from Foxx's former boss Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Party leaders met behind closed doors for about 25 minutes before announcing their decision.


The move comes after Alvarez has faced blistering criticism for the time it took her office to charge Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke shot 17-year-old McDonald 16 times in October 2014, but Van Dyke was charged with murder only in November 2015. Alvarez has insisted that investigating and prosecuting police misconduct is time-consuming and something that is critical to get right, while critics have questioned her commitment to holding cops accountable for wrongdoing.

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