SEIU Healthcare Illinois this week endorsed Kim Foxx for the office of Cook County state’s attorney in the upcoming March primary election. Foxx is one of three candidates seeking the democratic nomination.
Foxx has received endorsements from Representative Jan Schakowsky and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Members and staff of the union representing 92,000 healthcare and child care workers in the Midwest echoed their concerns about the criminal justice system, particularly as it impacts young people.
“Kim’s life experiences make her keenly sensitive to the importance of early childhood education and development in helping children to become productive adults,” said union Executive Vice President Greg Kelley. “She understands that breaking the ‘school-to-prison’ pipeline in Cook County requires fresh ideas and a new approach, given that so many of our youth, especially our youth of color, are caught in this cycle.
“The State’s Attorney’s office should be a watchdog against public corruption and for public integrity. The plague of corruption in Cook County has been saddled with unfair and unjust outcomes for people on the margins and the current State’s Attorney appears to have turned a blind eye to the practices of officials who are doing the bidding of special corporate interests and harming working families.
Foxx, a child of a single mother who grew up in the Cabrini Green housing development, has worked in the office of the Cook County Public Guardian, as an assistant state’s attorney and as chief of staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. She has made reforming the juvenile justice system and strengthening the wrongful convictions unit cornerstones of her platform.
“For these and a host of other reasons, the members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois are proud to endorse Kim Foxx for the office of Cook County state’s attorney,” he said.