Kim Foxx: ‘Transparency is key’

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By: Ashmar Mandou

Days after her win in the Democratic primary for Cook County state’s attorney on March 15th, Kim Foxx continued to celebrate over the results against incumbent Anita Alvarez and stated, over a phone interview with Lawndale Bilingual Newspaper that she is ready to face off against Republican candidate Christopher Pfannkuche in the November general election.

“I am forever grateful for the support I received from day one when I announced my decision to run against Anita Alvarez,” said Foxx. Throughout Foxx’s campaign, she received a number endorsements from Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Alderman Edward Burke, and countless organizations, which propelled her message to the masses. “I believe the win was a reflection of what my campaign message has been all about and that is the need for transparency and change,” said Foxx. “There needs to be complete transformation in the criminal justice system here in Cook County and that work should not be taken lightly. As someone who was raised in Cabrini Greens, I know, first-hand of the need to provide youth with opportunities to change their reality.”

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Foxx, who spent 14 years as prosecutor in the Juvenile Justice Bureau, worked closely with Cook County President Preckwinkle and Alvarez, which Foxx described as an undeniable blueprint for what she would like her administration to reflect if elected in November. “I obtained so much knowledge working with Preckwinkle and Alvarez. It is unarguably certain that both women work extremely hard, each day. However, the key difference between both women that I have witnessed is the level of transparency. What I enjoyed during my time working with Preckwinkle is that she never forgot about the community. She held weekly meetings with community members to discuss what their needs were, what needed to be done to better the lives of those in underprivileged communities; Preckwinkle remained grounded in her efforts to really work with the people of Chicago. Whereas, Alvarez lost touch,” said Foxx. She continued, “It is rather difficult to connect with a community when you are constantly enclosed in your office. Transparency is key. As state attorney I want to keep the path open for a two-way communication.”

Foxx vowed to restore credibility in Cook County’s criminal justice system to help restore community trust. “My oath as the state’s attorney is to uphold justice on behalf of the people of Illinois. My reassurance is that I take that oath very seriously. I ran for this office to make sure that we had a criminal justice system people can believe in,” said Foxx. “This role is definitely not for the faint of heart. You need to have tremendous passion to be able to do this job day after day. I have that for the people of Chicago.”

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