Former Illinois governor Pat Quinn endorsed Kim Foxx in the race for State’s Attorney on Sunday.
"Kim Foxx is a strong voice for reform and justice for all,” Governor Quinn said in a statement released by Foxx's campaign. “She has the integrity and ability to serve the people of Cook County well as their state’s attorney.”
Foxx, a former Assistant State’s Attorney, has received several high-profile endorsements in her bid to unseat incumbent Anita Alvarez, including former mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia in early February.
“I am grateful to earn the endorsement of Governor Quinn,” Foxx said in the statement. “As state’s attorney, I will fight to ensure every family in Cook County can rely on our office to provide transparent and accountable justice.”
Foxx has been endorsed by several unions, including the Chicago Teachers Union, as well as U.S Reps. Mike Quigley, Jan Schakowsky, Danny Davis, and Luis Gutierrez. Both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.
She is perhaps most notably endorsed by her former boss, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Foxx served as Preckwinkle’s Chief of Staff after working as an Assistant State's Attorney for 12 years.
Alvarez responded to news of Quinn's endorsement while campaigning on the city's West Side Sunday.
"I have no real personal issues with the ex-Governor Quinn," Alvarez said. "But I think it's another example of what I've been talking about and that is my political opponent Ms. Foxx is the hand-picked candidate. She's the hand-picked candidate of the politicians."
Foxx will face incumbent Anita Alvarez and former state and federal prosecutor Donna More in the March 15 Democratic Primary.