ESSENCE

The celebration continues for the extraordinary women of color who broke barriers on Election Day.

Rachaell Davis
Nov, 11, 2016

Supporters of Cook County, Illinois politician Kim Foxx were elated on Tuesday night when she was announced the new State's Attorney with a landslide victory over Republican opponent Christopher Pfannkuche. The accomplishment made Cooke the first African-American in the state's history elected to the office – an honor she was proud to accept as she addressed an excited crowd shortly following her victory.

"Ladies and gentlemen, this night is just the beginning," Foxx said, according to The Chicago Tribune. "This night is the start of a journey to fix a broken system in need of repair. The good thing about me is that I'm a patient woman, but I'm also relentless."

A wife and mother of two daughters, Foxx's campaign platform focused largely on criminal justice system reform in the wake of the Chicago police killing of 16-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, additionally highlighting the need for increased provisions that address the link between criminal behavior and mental health issues. She also detailed plans for implementing policies requiring further investigation into wrongful prosecutions of juveniles who fight in school. 

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Prior to being elected State's Attorney, Foxx worked as Assistant State's Attorney and also previously served as Chief of Staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.