By Mark Wachtler
December 19, 2015. Flossmoor, IL. (ONN) In the race to replace Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, challenger Kim Foxx has received a powerful endorsement from rank and file Democrats. The progressive organization MoveOn.org polled its 150,000 members in Cook County and they overwhelmingly voted to endorse Foxx. Alvarez has been dogged by demands for her resignation after numerous scandal-plagued murder investigations of politically connected individuals.
Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Kim Foxx. Image courtesy of TheChicagoCitizen.com.
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“Cook County members of MoveOn.org Political Action have voted decisively to endorse Kim Foxx in the Cook County State’s Attorney contest, with 78% of votes cast in favor of backing Foxx,” the MoveOn.org announcement two days ago began, “Foxx’s opponents Donna More and Anita Alvarez received 11% and 14% of votes, respectively.”
Laquan McDonald murder
MoveOn’s Executive Director Ilya Sheyman specifically noted the recent botched murder investigation involving the killing of teenager Laquan McDonald at the hands of the Chicago police. McDonald was shot 16 times by a single police officer, with dashcam video showing many of the shots taken while the teen lay motionless in the street. The video also contradicted the official police reports made by the shooter as well as numerous fellow officers.
Ilya Sheyman explained, “The decades-long injustice and corruption in the Cook County criminal justice system have been put on vivid display these last few weeks when a judge ordered the release of the video showing Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer. Anita Alvarez’s actions in that case have lost her the confidence of Cook County voters. Kim Foxx has the right experience and ideas to reform Cook County’s broken criminal justice system, and it’s no surprise that she has earned the overwhelming support from Cook County MoveOn members.”
Kim Foxx responded to the endorsement saying, “This campaign is powered by grassroots organizing and a deep commitment to real reform and accountability in our criminal justice system in this critical moment in our County’s history. Those are values we share with the 150,000 members of MoveOn in Cook County, who organize in their own communities for fairness and equality. I’m proud to stand with them.”
On the same day as the MoveOn.org endorsement this week, Kim Foxx received a second powerful political endorsement. The Thornton Township Democratic Committee announced that the Township’s Democrats have voted to endorse Foxx as well. Thornton Township covers the southern suburbs and includes 17 different towns and cities.
Foxx is the former Chief of Staff for powerful Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Incumbent State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez had originally received the endorsement of the Cook County Democratic Party, aka The Machine. But that endorsement was rescinded when details of the Laquan McDonald murder came out. Foxx hopes to inherit the Cook County Party’s nod. But a number of Old Guard Machine Democrats are standing by Alvarez. So an endorsement of her opponent is unlikely.
The most recent voters poll showed Foxx with a slight lead over the incumbent Alvarez 20-18 percent, with 7 percent backing Donna More and 55 percent undecided.
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