Alvarez dumped by Cook County Democrats

Alvarez dumped by Cook County Democrats

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The Cook County Democratic Organization Thursday dumped controversial Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and instead endorsed Kim Foxx.

The Democratic Party decision is an expected blow to Alvarez, who has been under political and social siege as a result of her efforts to conceal police violence against teenagers in the African American community.

Kim Foxx receives endorsement of Cook County Democratic Organization for States Attorney over beleagured incumbent Anita Alvarez

Kim Foxx receives endorsement of Cook County Democratic Organization for States Attorney over beleagured incumbent Anita Alvarez

Despite efforts to convince the public that she did everything that was right, Alvarez was blamed for failing to act in the murder of Luquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer. A video that detailed the killing was withheld from the public and the City of Chicago and Police attempted to silence the family with a $5 million bribe.

Chicago Democrats issued this statement in support of Foxx Thursday following the endorsement meeting:

CHICAGO (January 14, 2016) – The Cook County Democratic Party today unanimously endorsed Kim Foxx for Cook County State’s Attorney in the March Primary. 

Following the approval of a motion to reconsider its previous call for an open primary, the Democratic committeemen heard from two candidates seeking to serve as State’s Attorney. They were Foxx and Donna More. Incumbent State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez declined to attend the special slating session.

“Thank you, very much.  It is humbling to receive your support as a life-long Democrat,” Foxx told the committeemen after their endorsement vote. “This is a transformational moment for Cook County, to no longer be looked at as an embarrassment of what justice looks like but to be a leader across this state in how we move forward on criminal justice issues…. I am that transformative leader, because I have the on-the-ground experience as a prosecutor, the policy experience, the managerial experience.”

The executive committee of the county Democratic Party met last week to discuss the reconsideration issue and called for a full meeting of the Central Committee because of the large number of committeemen who had sought to make a formal endorsement in the race.

The Cook County Democratic Party is made up of 50 Chicago Ward and 30 Suburban Township Committeemen. The Democratic Primary will be held March 15, 2016.

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Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall political reporter and columnist who covered the beat from 1976 through 1992 (From Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley).

Hanania covered Chicago political beats including Chicago City Hall while at the Daily Southtown Newspapers (1976-1985) and later for the Chicago Sun-Times (1985-1992).

The recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, Hanania was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hananiaalso received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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