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Embattled Illinois prosecutor announces bid for reelection

Posted On: Nov 19, 2019   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

CHICAGO - A prosecutor who came under harsh criticism when her office suddenly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett and is now the subject of a court-ordered investigation announced Tuesday she is running for reelection.
In her news release saying she's seeking the position again, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx addressed the Smollett case and the furor over the handling of it. The actor was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself earlier this year in Chicago while in the city filming the television series “Empire.”
“Truth is, I didn't handle it well. I own that. I'm making changes in my office to make sure we do better,” Foxx said, without elaborating.
She is the first black woman to lead the office that prosecutes cases in the county, which includes Chicago. She was elected in 2016 after promising to make criminal justice reform a priority.
“Four years ago, I ran for State's Attorney to change criminal justice in Cook County,” said Foxx, who grew up in...

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