In light of the controversy surrounding Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) has introduced House Bill 5712, which would allow citizens the ability to recall the Cook County State’s Attorney.
“State’s Attorney Foxx has created a crisis of confidence in the Cook County judicial system,” said Butler. “Giving preferential treatment to some defendants like Jussie Smollett and totally ignoring the victims of crime has caused the public to lose faith in her ability to execute the duties she was elected to do.”
Foxx has created controversy on many prosecutorial decisions while crime rates continue to soar in Cook County. Last year she refused to file charges in a case where five gang members exchanged over 70 shots that fatally wounded one of the shooters, citing mutual combat. Just this last week, she also refused to file charges on a felon who was illegally in possession of a firearm he used to kill another man.
Most controversial was Foxx’s decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollett on his faked hate crime. An independent investigation found that Foxx’s office had committed “substantial abuses of discretion and operational failures” in her office’s handling of the initial prosecution.
“The numerous issues surrounding Kim Foxx, and the complete lack of confidence the people have in her abilities as State’s Attorney, underscore the need for citizens to have the ability to recall someone in this vitally important position,” said Butler. “This will give Cook County residents the ability to take back their justice system and stop the cycle of violent criminals not being charged and released back onto the streets.”
HB 5712 sets up a process for voters to initiate a recall election within 60 days of petitions being certified by the Cook County Clerk. The petitions must be signed by registered voters from Cook County, equaling at least five percent of total votes cast in the preceding Cook County State’s Attorney election.