Cook County State's Attorney

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State's Attorney of Cook County
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Incumbent
Kim Foxx

since December 1, 2016
Term length4 years
Salary$192,789 (2014)
WebsiteOffice of the Cook County State's Attorney

The Cook County State's Attorney functions as the state of Illinois's district attorney for Cook County, Illinois, and heads the second-largest prosecutor's office in the United States. The office has over 700 attorneys and 1,100 employees.[1] In addition to direct criminal prosecution, the State's Attorney's Office files legal actions to enforce child support orders, protect consumers and the elderly from exploitation, and assist thousands of victims of domestic violence every year.[1]

Subdivisions of the State's Attorney's office[edit]

The Criminal Prosecutions Bureau is the largest bureau in the office. The bureau is divided into three divisions: Felony Trial, Sexual Crimes, and Municipal. Each division is further divided into specialized units located throughout the county. The bureau is also charged with prosecuting thousands of domestic violence cases each year as well as cases of child sexual abuse through the Child Advocacy Division.

The Juvenile Justice Bureau contains two divisions: Delinquency and Child Protection. The Delinquency Division handles cases involving juveniles who have been charged with committing misdemeanors or felonies. The Child Protection Division files civil actions against parents and guardians who abuse or neglect their children.

The Narcotics Bureau consists of the following units: Preliminary Hearings/Grand Jury, Felony Trial, Narcotics Courtrooms, Drug Treatment Programs, Complex Narcotics Prosecution, and Asset Forfeitures.

The Special Prosecutions Bureau is responsible for investigating and prosecuting complex criminal and public corruption cases. It includes units for Auto Theft, Gang Crimes, Government and Financial Crimes, Organized Crime/Cold Case, and Professional Standards. It also initiates civil and criminal lawsuits to protect individuals and the general public interest. Consumer Fraud and Seniors and Persons with Disabilities are also units in the bureau.

The Civil Actions Bureau defends the county and its officeholders and employees in civil suits, provides a full range of legal services for all county agencies, and represents the county's interests in actions brought to collect monies owed for taxes and fees. The bureau has sections dedicated to Child Support Services, Complex Litigation, Labor and Employment, Civil Rights/Torts, Workers' Compensation, Municipal Litigation (including Transactions/Health Law), and Real Estate Tax Litigation.

The Investigations and Administrative Services Bureaus supply investigative, technical and administrative assistance to the office. The Administrative Services Bureau supports all the other bureaus with administrative personnel and contains the office's national award-winning Victim Witness Assistance Program that provides services to crime victims.

Appearance in fiction[edit]

A fictionalized version of the office is a major backdrop in the TV series The Good Wife and the Chicago franchise.

List of Cook County State's Attorneys[edit]

State's Attorney Term in office Party Notes
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Charles S. Deneen 1896–1904 Republican
John J. Healy 1905
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Maclay Hoyne 1912—1920 Democratic [2][3]
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Robert E. Crowe 1920–1928 Republican [4]
John A. Swanson 1928–1932 Republican
Thomas J. Courtney 1932–1945 Democratic
John S. Boyle 1948–1952 Democratic
Ben Adamowski 1956–1960 Republican
Daniel P. Ward 1960–1966 Democratic
John J. Stamos 1966–1968
Edward Hanrahan 1968–1972 Democratic
Bernard Carey 1972–1980 Republican
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Richard M. Daley 1980–1989 Democratic Elected in 1980, 1984, and 1988; resigned upon winning the 1989 Chicago mayoral special election.
Cecil A. Partee 1989–1990 Democratic Appointed to replace Richard Daley, and lost the 1990 special election.
Jack O'Malley 1990–1996 Republican Elected in 1990 (special election) and 1992.[5] Lost re-election in 1996.
Richard A. " Dick" Devine December 1, 1996 –
December 1, 2008
Democratic Elected in 1996, 2000, and 2004. Did not seek re-election in 2008.
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Anita Alvarez December 1, 2008 –
December 1, 2016
Democratic Elected in 2008 and 2012. Lost re-election in 2016.
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Kim Foxx December 1, 2016 –
present
Democratic Elected in 2016 and 2020.

Election results[edit]

Cook County State's Attorney general elections
Year Winning candidate Party Vote (pct) Opponent Party Vote (pct) Opponent Party Vote (pct) Opponent Party Vote (pct) Opponent Party Vote (pct)
1912[6] Maclay Hoyne Democratic 122,419 (27.85%) Lewis Rinaker Republican 113,181 (25.74%) William A. Cunnea Socialist 107,647 (24.49%) George I. Haight Progressive 93,495 (21.27%) John H. Hill Prohibition 2,895 (0.66%)
1916[7] Maclay Hoyne Democratic 236,384 (44.57%) Harry B. Miller Republican 191,456 (36.10%) William A. Cunnea Socialist 102,579 (19.34%)
1920[6] Robert E. Crowe Republican 525,115 (58.44%) Michael L. Igoe Democratic 319,236 (35.53%) William A. Cunnea Socialist 50,766 (5.65%) John C. Teevan Farmer-Labor 3,463 (0.39%)
1924

1968
[data unknown/missing]
1972[8][9] Bernard Carey Republican Edward Hanrahan Democratic
1976[10] Bernard Carey Republican Edward J. Egan Democratic
1980[11] Richard M. Daley Democratic 1,058,529 (50.39%) Bernard Carey Republican 1,042,287 (49.61%)
1984[12] Richard M. Daley Democratic 1,418,775 (65.98%) Richard J. Brzeczek Republican 731,634 (34.02%)
1988[13] Richard M. Daley Democratic 1,303,906 (66.70%) Terrance W. Gainer Republican 650,942 (33.30%)
1990[14] Jack O'Malley Republican 692,192 (52.96%) Cecil A. Partee Democratic 511,424 (39.13%) Janice H. Robinson Harold Washington Party 103,353 (7.91%)
1992[15] Jack O'Malley Republican 1,272,939 (61.27%) Patrick J. O'Connor Democratic 804,528 (38.73%)
1996[16] Richard A. Devine Democratic 805,659 (47.88%) Jack O'Malley Republican 694,306 (41.26%) R. Eugene Pincham Justice Party 156,695 (9.31%) Lawrence C. Redman, Jr. Harold Washington Party 26,131 (1.55%)
2000[17][18] Richard A. Devine Democratic 1,337,578 (78.30%) David P. Gaughan Republican 370,678 (21.70%)
2004[19][20] Richard A. Devine Democratic 1,483,280 (79.43%) Philip Spiwak Republican 384,082 (20.57%)
2008[21][22] Anita Alvarez Democratic 1,378,452 (69.90%) Tony Peraica Republican 494,611 (25.08%) Thomas O'Brien Green 99,101 (5.03%)
2012[23] Anita Alvarez Democratic 1,427,145 (77.05%) Lori S. Yokoyama Republican 421,810 (22.77%)
2016[24] Kim Foxx Democratic 1,459,087 (72.06%) Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche Republican 565,671 (27.94%)
2020[25] Kim Foxx Democratic 1,194,299 (54.21%) Pat O'Brien Republican 861,108 (39.08%) Brian Dennehy Libertarian 147,769 (6.71%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About the Cook County State's Attorney's Office". Cook County State's Attorney. 2017-02-23. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  2. ^ TIMES, Special to THE NEW YORK (2 October 1939). "MACLAY HOYNE, 67, DEAD IN CHICAGO; State's Attorney for Cook County 2 Terms, 1912-20 --Won 5,000 Convictions FIRST CITY POST IN 1903 Counsel for Sanitary District, 1927-29--Williams Athlete Was Grandson of Mayor". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  3. ^ "[Cook County State's Attorney, Maclay Hoyne, standing on a s". Explore Chicago Collections. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  4. ^ "The Daily News Almanac and Political Register for ..." Chicago Daily News Company. 1920. p. 791. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  5. ^ Hinton, Rachel (19 March 2020). "Republicans: O'Brien has 'really decent chance' to oust Foxx in November". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b The Chicago Daily News Almanac and Year Book for ... Chicago Daily News Company. 1921. p. 784. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  7. ^ The Chicago Daily News Almanac and Year Book for ... Chicago Daily News Company. 1916. p. 598.
  8. ^ Kifner, John Kifner (9 November 1972). "Defeat of Hanrahan for Prosecutor Is a Stunning Blow to Daley's Organization (Published 1972)". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  9. ^ Colby, Peter W.; Green, Paul Michael (October 1979). "Patterns of change in suburban voting". Illinois Issues. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  10. ^ Colby, Peter W.; Green, Paul Michael (October 1979). "Patterns of change in suburban voting". Illinois Issues. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  11. ^ Illinois Elections (p. 90) c. 1986. Publishers, Paul Green, David Everson, Peter Colby, and Joan Parker
  12. ^ "OFFICIAL FINAL RESULTS GENERAL ELECTION COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1984" (PDF). voterinfo.net. Cook County Clerk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 October 2008.
  13. ^ "OFFICIAL FINAL RESULTS GENERAL ELECTION COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1988" (PDF). voterinfo.net. Cook County Clerk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 October 2008.
  14. ^ "OFFICIAL FINAL RESULTS GENERAL ELECTION COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1990" (PDF). voterinfo.net. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 October 2008.
  15. ^ "OFFICIAL FINAL RESULTS GENERAL ELECTION COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1992" (PDF). voterinfo.net. Cook County Clerk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 October 2008.
  16. ^ "OFFICIAL FINAL RESULTS GENERAL ELECTION COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1996" (PDF). voterinfo.net. Cook County Clerk. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 November 2008.
  17. ^ "SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY RESULTS". voterinfonet.com. Cook County Clerk. Archived from the original on 30 March 2005.
  18. ^ "TABULATED STATEMENT OF THE RETURNS AND PROCLAMATION OF THE RESULTS OF THE CANVASS OF THE ELECTION RETURNS FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION HELD IN EACH OF THE PRECINCTS IN ALL THE WARDS IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER , 2000 A.D." (PDF). Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  19. ^ "FINAL RESULTS SUMMARY REPORT COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS GENERAL ELECTION TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2004" (PDF). Cook County Clerk's Office. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  20. ^ "TABULATED STATEMENT OF THE RETURNS AND PROCLAMATION OF THE RESULTS OF THE CANVASS OF THE ELECTION RETURNS FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION IN EACH OF THE PRECINCTS IN ALL THE WARDS IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2004 A.D." (PDF). Chicago Board of Elections. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  21. ^ "Official General Election 11/4/2008 Summary Report Cook County Unofficial Results" (PDF). Cook County Clerk's Office. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  22. ^ "TABULATED STATEMENT OF THE RETURNS AND PROCLAMATION OF THE RESULTS OF THE CANVASS OF THE ELETION RETURNS FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION IN EACH OF THE PRECINCTS IN ALL THE WARDS IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2008 A.D." (PDF). Chicago Board of Elections. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  23. ^ "Cook County and the City of Chicago Combined Summary Report General Election November 6, 2012" (PDF). Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  24. ^ "General Election Cook County and The City of Chicago Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Combined Summary" (PDF). Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  25. ^ "Cook County and The City of Chicago General Election November 3, 2020 Combined Summary" (PDF). Cook County Clerk. Retrieved 1 December 2020.

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