December 6, 2022

Kim Foxx Attorney, Bio, Age, Education, Salary, Illinois, Jussie Smollett Case

Kim Foxx Biography

Kim Foxx (Kimberly M. Foxx) is an American politician, who is currently serving as the State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois. As such Foxx manages the nation’s second largest prosecutor’s office and oversees an office of over nearly 800 attorneys and 1,500 employees. Foxx was elected to this position on November 8, 2016. After Cecil A. Partee Foxx became the second African American, to hold this position.

Kim Foxx Age

Kimberly M. Anderson was born on April 1972 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. She is 46 years old as of 2018.

Kim Foxx Salary

In 2017,  Kimberly M Foxx earned $193,028 as a State’S Attorney for Cook County State’s Attorney. Foxx had worked in this position since December 01, 2016. She earned more than 99.90% of employees in Cook County State’s Attorney.

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Kim Foxx appointed Kamala Harris to co-chair her transition committee to office in 2016, according to Cook County records. Foxx arranged for hate hoax charges to be dropped against the Obamas’ friend Jussie Smollett after Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff Tina Tchen intervened in the case by texting Foxx. Foxx’s spokeswoman then admitted that Foxx did not actually recuse herself in the Smollett case as Foxx’s office claimed before the dropping of the charges.

Kim Foxx Education

Born in Chicago, Foxx grew up in the Cabrini-Green housing project on the Near-North side. Foxx is a graduate of Lincoln Park High School in 1990. Foxx was previously chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Before that, she was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County. She received her undergraduate and law degree from Southern Illinois University. Foxx is a member of the board of Adler University.

Kim Foxx Jussie Smollett

Foxx announced on February 19, 2019, that she had recused herself from the Jussie Smollett alleged assault investigation, who was alleged to have orchestrated a staged assault and filed a false report with the local police, due to her “familiarity with potential witnesses in the case”, a move that prompted criticism from her predecessor, Anita Alvarez. Recusing herself would have required her to ask the court to appoint an outside attorney as a special prosecutor. Critics called her method of recusal insufficient, saying that because her office retained authority over the case, Foxx maintained influence over how it was handled.

Foxx’s office dropped all charges against Smollett on March 26, 2019, which was denounced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson. The Chicago Police Union pushed for an investigation into Foxx’s decision. She was also criticized by the Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association president Lee Roupas and Nelson Bunn, the Executive Director of the National District Attorneys Association. Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police called for her resignation. She subsequently suggested that race had something to do with the harsh criticism she faced after the decision to drop all charges against Smollett. A special prosecutor has been appointed to examine the handling of the case.

Kim Foxx Electoral History


In 2016, Kim Foxx challenged incumbent Anita Alvarez along with former federal and state prosecutor Donna More. The Cook County Democratic Party endorsed Foxx for state’s attorney on January 14. On March 15, 2016, Foxx won the Democratic primary for state’s attorney’s race.

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Kim Foxx General Election Results, Cook County State’s Attorney, 2016






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A major point of contention for some in the Jussie Smollett case is the fact that Michelle Obama‘s former top aide reached out to the local prosecutor, spawning rumors that strings were pulled on the Empire actor’s behalf. That aide is now breaking her silence to explain her side of the story.

According to PEOPLE, Tina Tchen worked as the First Lady’s chief of staff before she was hired by the Southern Poverty Law Center to review workplace culture at the organization. So when she texted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx during the controversial investigation some feared it was to assist Smollett, who previously had a friendly rapport with the White House during the Obama administration.

Further fueling these fears is the fact that Tchen describes herself as a “family friend” of Smollett’s. As the case grew in the news cycle, Foxx announced that she would recuse herself from the case, citing her communication with Tchen and an unnamed member of Smollett’s family.

Ultimately, the Cook County District Attorney’s office decided to drop all criminal charges against Smollett.

“I know members of the Smollett family based on prior work together,” Tchen explained in a statement to PEOPLE about her involvement a day after the charges were dropped. “Shortly after Mr. Smollett reported he was attacked, as a family friend, I contacted Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who I also know from prior work together.

“My sole activity was to put the chief prosecutor in the case in touch with an alleged victim’s family who had concerns about how the investigation was being characterized in public,” she said.
CNN, NBC Chicago and USA Today have all acquired records of text messages that show as early as Feb. 1, Tchen and Foxx began talking about Smollett’s case. This was initiated after Tchen contacted Foxx saying the actor’s family “have concerns about the investigation.”

Foxx responded: “Spoke to the Superintendent [Eddie] Johnson,” who has since maintained that Smollett pulled a magnanimous hoax. “I convinced him to reach out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation.”

That same day, the unnamed relative of Smollett’s texted Foxx separately, asking to talk over the phone. “Tina Tchen gave me your number,” the relative texted. To which she responded: “Spoke to the superintendent earlier, he made the ask. Trying to figure out logistics. I’ll keep you posted,”

Smollett had previously faced 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct for allegedly fabricating details of a racist and homophobic hate crime that he claims occurred on a well below-freezing early morning on Jan. 29 in Chicago. Two Nigerian-American brothers, one of whom had appeared on Empire, told police that Smollett had paid them to help stage the attack.

Despite increased public sentiment that this was an ill-conceived publicity stunt that went too far, the 36-year-old continues to maintain his innocence.

Jussie Smollett allies Asked Sa Kim Foxx To Intervene leaked Texts, Emails Show


Jussie Smollett had pals of his in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s ear early on in his case — and, based on leaked correspondence, it looks like she acted on his behalf.

Texts and emails between State AttorneyKim Foxx and two Jussie allies — one of which is reported to be a family member of his — have been leaked, and they show that Foxx was asked to intervene in the case a few days after he’d reported the alleged attack to Chicago PD. It appears that she did exactly that … and kept Jussie’s camp in the loop.

The initial correspondence started when Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff, Tina Tchen, emailed Foxx to say that she was reaching out on behalf of Jussie’s family to express “concerns” they had with how the investigation at that point was being handled.

Jussie had not been charged with a crime yet, but it’s believed Chicago PD was already doubting his story and leaking info to the press pushing that narrative.

Foxx responded to Tchen on Feb. 1, saying … “Spoke to Superintendent Johnson. I convinced him to Reach out to FBI to ask that they take over the investigation. He is reaching out now and will get back to me shortly.”

The same day, an unnamed relative of Jussie’s texted Foxx herself, as well, and Foxx said she was working on getting the case sent over to the FBI. The relative replied, “Omg this would a huge victory.” Foxx then responded, “I make no guarantees, but I’m trying.”

Later, Foxx recused herself from the case when Jussie became a suspect. And, of course, her office just announced Tuesday that it was dropping all of the charges against Jussie, after coming out strong with a 16-count indictment just weeks earlier.

Her official reasoning for dropping the charges … Jussie has done community service in the community, so we’re good. Her office asked a judge to seal the case, and they obliged. Mayor Rahm Emanuel strongly hinted at corruption in the State’s Attorney’s Office.

The Chicago-Tribune first reported on the leaked texts and emails.

On the heels of all the charges being dropped against Jussie earlier Tuesday, the Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago is asking the Dept. of Justice to investigate Kim Foxx and her involvement in this case.