With just weeks to the Illinois March primary, Cook County Democrats on Thursday endorsed Kim Foxx for state's attorney.
The announcement follows an unprecedented move by the party last week to reopen their slating process. Originally when the Democrats met in August, they decided not to slate any candidate in the race.
"Their endorsement is a recognition that the criminal justice system is profoundly broken, and and we need new leadership to ensure justice for every Cook County resident--no matter what neighborhood they come from, no matter who they know or what their job is," Foxx said in a statement.
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez is currently running for her third term, but has faced criticism for the delay in charging police officer Jason Van Dyke in the Laquan McDonald shooting.
A third Democrat on the ballot is Donna More. More, a former federal prosecutor and state prosecutor, criticized the party's move to reopen the slating process, calling it "a blatant attempt to force feed an unqualified candidate down voter’s throats.”
The party's decision could produce some political drama as it pits Foxx supporters like Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle against Alvarez supporters like House Speaker Mike Madigan.