Kim Foxx defeated incumbent Cook County State's Attorney, Anita Alvarez, in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. Foxx will now move on to the general election in November in the heavily Democratic area.
Alvarez had been heavily criticized for her handling of the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. She failed to charge officer Jason Van Dyke for more than a year after the 17-year-old was killed. Chicago activist groups, including Assata's Daughters and BYP100, rallied support to remove her from office.
Foxx secured 58% of the vote.
According to the Chicago Tribune, she ran on a platform that emphasized community reconciliation.
She hammered the incumbent on the need to reform the office by diverting low-level drug offenders into treatment, work harder to right wrongful convictions, hold more bad cops accountable for their actions and stop prosecuting students for fistfights in school.
Cook County is the second-largest county in the nation.
An emotional Kim Foxx hugs her daughter before addressing supporters. Foxx defeated Anita Alvarez earlier today in the Cook County state's attorney race.Story: http://via.wgntv.com/pZWw2
Posted by WGN TV on Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Here's video from a few of the activists who organized to oust Alvarez.
Our official statement on the States Attorney Race. #ByeAnitaPosted by Assata's Daughters on Tuesday, March 15, 2016