State Representative Chris Bos (R-Lake Zurich) filed House Floor Amendment 3 today on House Bill 1100 that would create a recall election to replace Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. This amendment was filed in response to the repeated controversy surrounding the State’s Attorney’s recent and shocking prosecutorial decisions.
Crime rates are on a sharp rise in Cook County and many decisions by Foxx have fueled this disturbing trend. Last year, 70 shots were exchanged between rival gangs in a crime in Cook County. One of the members was fatally wounded in this encounter. Foxx didn’t file charges, claiming mutual combat despite this heinous crime resulting in a death. In a more recent example of her frightening negligence, she also refused to file charges against a felon who killed another man with a firearm he illegally possessed.
Both of these crimes warranted immediate action, yet Foxx’s office failed to do what needed to be done.
The most eye-opening controversy raised by Foxx was her decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollett regarding his fake hate crime. Independent investigators cited “substantial abuses of discretion and operational failures” in how her office handled Smollett’s initial persecution.
In response to filing his amendment today, State Representative Chris Bos stated, “The negligence shown by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is inexcusable. Her actions have destroyed trust with the people she is in office to serve. She has failed in her responsibilities on multiple instances in ways that are startling and not in line with the office she has been elected to. This is why I have filed House Floor Amendment 3 on House Bill 1100. The people need a State’s Attorney they can trust to make rational decisions that will help to curb the rising crime facing Cook County.”
Bos’ amendment creates 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 the total votes cast in the preceding Cook County State’s Attorney election. The amendment also mirrors legislation filed by State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield), HB 5712.