CHICAGO (CBS) — Shifting gears in the wake of the Laquan McDonald police shooting scandal, Cook County Democrats have endorsed challenger Kim Foxx in the race for State’s Attorney against incumbent Anita Alvarez, who took more than a year to charge a Chicago police officer with McDonald’s murder.
It took only 20 minutes for the Cook County Democratic party’s central committee to endorse Foxx for State’s Attorney. She and fellow challenger Donna More were the only candidates to attend the central committee meeting on Thursday.READ MORE: Phase 2 Opens Monday In Illinois Outside Chicago For Anyone 16 And Over To Get COVID-19 Vaccine, But Teens Under 18 Face Challenge
Alvarez was a no-show, and has said voters don’t want the prosecutor’s office controlled by a party machine.
More had urged Democratic committeemen to remain neutral in the race, and move forward with an open primary,
“Do we slate Kim Foxx, who has negligible experience trying felony cases, taking them before juries, and winning convictions?” she said.
Foxx said she has the personal, prosecutorial, and management experience needed for the job.
“I’ve had the opportunity not only as a front line prosecutor, and as a supervisor managing dozens of attorneys over the course of five years, but I left that to work on policy as the chief of staff to the county board president,” she said.
Behind closed doors, party leaders took little time voting to endorse Foxx, thanks in large part to the support of her old boss, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.READ MORE: SWAT Team Dispatched After Man Barricades Himself In Home On Halsted Street In Lincoln Park
Thursday’s meeting of top Cook County Democrats was scheduled last week, after party leaders voted to reconsider their decision last year to stay neutral in the race. Committeemen wanted to reconsider their neutral stance after Alvarez faced intense criticism, and calls for her ouster, after taking 400 days to charge Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke with murder in McDonald’s death, and what some have said are lax and false prosecutions by her office.