Cook County, IL
Kimberly M. Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country. Kim was elected to the top prosecutor post, after claiming victory in a historic election, during a critical time for the criminal justice system in Chicago. She took office with a vision for transforming the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office into a fairer, more forward-thinking agency focused on rebuilding the public trust, promoting transparency, and being proactive in making all communities safe. She is committed to making the office more responsive to the people of Cook County.
Prior to being elected State’s Attorney, Kim served as Chief of Staff for the Cook County Board President, where she oversaw a $4 billion annual budget and worked on issues ranging from county finances to public safety and juvenile detention. Kim was the lead architect of the county’s criminal justice reform agenda to address racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Her efforts contributed to a significant drop in the Cook County jail population while promoting public safety. Kim also served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for 12 years, and has worked in the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office, where she advocated for children navigating the child welfare system, many of whom had been abused, neglected or had special needs.