An individual familiar with the situation told Fox News Digital that Cook County States Attorney Kimberly Foxx is becoming increasingly frustrated as more lawyers leave her office.
Three of the four Cook County Assistant State’s Attorneys who recently left her Felony Review division did so on the exact date, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Due to staffing shortages at the Bridgeview courtroom, the four felony ASAs were requested to offer their services to cover traffic court there.
The resignations occur nearly three months after an Illinois prosecutor with 25 years of experience attacked Foxx’s policies in a public resignation letter made public in July.
Since July 2021, more than 235 individuals have left Foxx’s office, as reported by The Chicago Tribune.
My hometown where 235 prosecutors have left in one year from Cook County because of soft on crime policies. This is why we must vote RED November 8.
Chicago crime frustrations mount against State's Attorney Kim Foxx as 'mass exodus' continues: sourcehttps://t.co/hivDTv2ihS
— Mark Silverman (@SilvermanMark70) October 12, 2022
Foxx is “a strong individual” and a “clever lawyer.”
According to former Cook County Assistant States Attorney Dan Kirk, her “tenure as the appointed district attorney has been an utter failure.” Kirk knows Foxx and worked extensively in the same headquarters as her under former State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Foxx told WTTV on Tuesday that she was “proud” of the staff members who have stayed in her office throughout “the tremendous resignation,” despite the SAO office declining to reply to a request from Fox News.
Although Kirk does not know the specifics of the four most recent resignations, he feels the “exodus” from the SAO is “caused by policy and leadership failings,” as well as low morale.
Daniel Locallo, a former Cook County Judge, hypothesized the attorneys may have been dissatisfied with the work schedule or supervision, but Foxx’s office “had difficulties keeping assistance” generally.
Foxx’s Policies Have Failed
Foxx is taking flak for policies that locals and internal users believe are causing a rise in violent crime, similar to other progressive prosecutors who have faced criticism, such as district attorneys in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Philadelphia, etc.
As per figures from the Chicago Police Department, homicides have decreased by 17% in Chicago so far this year, with 523 murders reported in 2022, as opposed to 633 during the same period last year.
With 2,218 shooting events documented so far in 2022, contrasted to 2,755 shooting cases reported through October 2, 2021, gunshots are also down 19%. Though gunshots and murders have increased since 2020, 2019, and 2018.
Theft of motor vehicles, burglaries, robberies, and other violent crimes are up 37% on the median so far this year, as opposed to last year, 2020, 2019, and 2018.
Had this crime occurred in Chicago, @SAKimFoxx would have charged the victim with aggravated assault and aggravated battery.
In Foxx's Cook County, violent criminals are the only people with a lawful right to defend themselves.https://t.co/d9ug0AQ1UR
— Chicago Contrarian (@ChicagoContrar1) October 6, 2022
The 2023 Illinois Safe-T Act, which will go into effect on January 1st, aims to do away with cash bail, adopt police reform measures, and only hold offenders if they represent a danger or flight risk.
The bill’s validity was questioned by Locallo, who pointed out the Illinois legislature cannot do away with cash bail without amending the state constitution.This article appeared in Conservative Cardinal and has been published here with permission.