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Serious questions for a change
Bill Conway, Former Ald. Bob Fioretti, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx
 Dale Lehman/WZRD  Contact Contributor
March 2, 2020, 1:42 p.m.
In what all three candidates agreed was the most substantial forum to date in the primary election for the office of Cook County States Attorney, candidates answered a series of long form questions and then were asked to answer Yes or No to several others. Following the introduction of the moderators, Ed Yahnka and Peter Hana, the candidates give short opening statements and then at conclusion, closing statements as well.

The range of questions provided candidates the opportunity to address the complexity of the legal system, the historically racist manor in Chicago and Cook County in which it has been applied and the current movement to reverse what all seemed to agree have been the disastrous human and social consequences for people caught in its machinery.

The current States Attorney speaks to the changes she has introduced that lead the nation in a movement to return the concept of justice to the legal system. The significance of taking decisions based on data instead of myth or antidote is addressed along with other complex social issues like addiction, mental health, eliminating cash bail for minor offenses, ending the policy of prosecutors over charging to force a guilty plea and the role her office has played in protecting undocumented immigrants with minor convictions form the racist policies of the Trump administration.

Chicago Kent - Law School
Former Ald. Bob Fioretti left the forum early due to a schedule conflict.

The current first term Cook County States Attorney is Kim Foxx.

One other contender in the race, Donna More, did not attend.

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