With a concession from Republican challenger Pat O’Brien, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has won a second term.
A former judge and prosecutor, O’Brien — a lifelong Democrat who ran as a Republican to challenge Foxx — conceded Tuesday evening.
Foxx, speaking at a virtual event, came out on stage a little before 11 p.m. to Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” and stood alongside her daughters and other family members.
Foxx, whose victory in 2016 made her the first Black woman to serve as the county’s top prosecutor, said today’s win was a sign that the county would not repeat the mistakes of the past.
“Conversations about race in our justice system are uncomfortable, and I’ve been having those conversations since 2016. And I will be frank and honest with you, that as an African American woman leading this job, it is one thing to celebrate that I am the first. But it also comes with the recognition that when you do this work in this skin, in this body, that sometimes you see the things that we don’t talk about publicly,” Foxx said. “It has been difficult, but I do it because I know as a county, we are better for the tough conversations about race. That we won’t have to recycle the fear and terror that we saw this summer if we meaningfully address these issues head on.”
O’Brien had promised a return to a more aggressive law-and-order stance, as opposed to Foxx’s focus on criminal justice reform.
O’Brien beat Foxx handily in the Cook County suburbs, which he hoped would carry him to victory.
But Foxx was the overwhelming favorite within Chicago city limits.
“We did what we could and maybe some good will come of this,” O’Brien said to reporters outside of White Eagle Convention Center in Niles, Ill., before declining to take questions.