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Cook CountyCandidate for State's Attorney

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Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche

Republican
Attorney and career prosecutor who helped protect the citizens fo Cook County for 30 years.
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Prosecuting gun violence that has made Chicago one of the most violent and unsafe cities in America.
  • Prosecuting corrupt career politicians that has made Cook County one of the most corrupt counties in America.
  • Expanding court diversion programs for non-violent offenders to keep them out of jail and in steady jobs.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney and career prosecutor who helped protect the citizens fo Cook County for 30 years.
Attorney, Law Office of Christopher E. K. Pfannkuche (2012–current)
Judicial Evaluation Committee --, Chicago Bar Association — Appointed position (2015–2015)
Assistant State's Attorney, Cook County State's Attorney's Office (1981–2011)
Treasurer --, Northwest Suburban Bar Association — Elected position (1992–1993)
Board of Governors --, Northwest Suburban Bar Association — Elected position (1991–1992)
Assistant Special Independent Prosecutor, Special Independent Prosecutor's Office (1990–1991)
Vice-President --, Coalition of Suburban Bar Associations — Elected position (1990–1991)
Chairman -- Criminal Law Committee, Northwest Suburban Bar Association — Elected position (1987–1989)
Assistant State's Attorney, Macon County State's Attorney's Office (1980–1981)

Education

Loyola University of Chicago Juris Doctor, Law (1980)
Loyola University of Chicago Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Education (1978)
Loyola University of Chicago Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science (1977)

Community Activities

Police Training Instructor -- , The Law Office of Christopher E. K. Pfannkuche (2015–current)
Expungement Seminar Instructor -- , The Law Office of Christopher E. K. Pfannkuche (2015–current)

Biography

Christopher Pfannkuche was one of the busiest prosecutors in Illinois.  Over the years, Chris was a Supervisor of the Felony Review Unit overseeing public corruption, homicide, narcotics and financial fraud.  He has prosecuted corrupt government officials, embezzlers, insurance fraud, mortgage fraud and money laundering — but he always knew there was more to be done.  Whether the thieves were elected officials with “clout” or low level patronage workers, Christopher Pfannkuche pursued their convictions with impartial professionalism.  Christopher Pfannkuche will bring experience, determination and integrity to every Cook County courtroom where he sends our prosecutors.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (28)

  • Polish American Police Association
  • Schaumburg Township Republican Organization
  • American Lawman Motorcycle Club
  • Chicago 18th Ward Republican Organization
  • Chicago 33rd Ward Republican Organization
  • Chicago 24th Ward republican Organization
  • Thornton Township Republican Organization
  • Chicago 49th Ward Republican Organization
  • Chicago 35th Ward Republican Organization
  • Palos Township Republican Organization
  • Rich Township Republican Organization
  • Italian American Police Association
  • United Hellenic Voters of America
  • Police FOP LOdge #1 -- Calumet City
  • Police FOP Lodge #218 -- Lansing
  • German American Police Association
  • Police FOP Lodge #6 -- Dolton, Riverdale, South Holland, CSX, Union Pacific Railroad
  • Police FOP Lodge #68 -- Skokie
  • Palatine Township Republican Organization
  • Niles Township Republican Organization
  • Northfield Township Republican Organization
  • Orland Township Republican Organization
  • New Trier Township Republican Organization
  • Evanston Township Republican Organization
  • Maine Township Republican Organization
  • Bremen Township Republican Organization
  • Chicago 47th Ward Republican Organization

Elected Officials (17)

  • William Delay -- Committeeman, Chicago 18th Ward Republican Organization
  • Stan Bartkus -- Committeeman, Chicago 33rd Ward Republican Organization
  • Anthony Napolitano -- Chicago 41st Ward Alderman
  • Suzanne Devane -- Committeeman, Chicago 49th Ward republican Organization
  • Michael McAuliffe -- Committeeman, Chicago 41st Ward Republican Organization
  • Ryan Higgins -- Committeeman, Schaumburg Township Republican Organization
  • Larry Nelson -- Committeeman, Chicago 24th Ward Republican Organization
  • Dexter Johnson -- Blue Island 6th Ward Alderman
  • Israel Smith -- Committeeman, Rich Township Republican Organization
  • Sean Morrison -- Committeeman, Palos Township Republican Organization
  • Char Foss-Eggemann -- Committeeman, Maine Township Republican Organization
  • Chris Cleveland -- Chairman, Chicago Republican Party
  • Walter Zarnecki -- Committeeman, Chicago 35th Ward Republican Organization
  • Tim DeYoung -- Committeeman, Thornton Township Republican Organization
  • David Ratowitz -- Committeeman, Chicago 47th Ward
  • Aaron Del Mar -- Committeeman, Palatine Township Republican Organization
  • Kevin Suggs -- Committeeman, Bremen Township Republican Organization

Questions & Answers

Questions from Chicago Sun-Times (10)

Recently, the U.S. attorney in Chicago announced the arrests of a large number of alleged gang members. Has the Cook County state’s attorney’s office been sufficiently aggressive in investigating and prosecuting gang crimes? If not, what would you do differently?
Answer from Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche:

No. The state’s attorney’s office has not been sufficiently aggressive in investigating and prosecuting gang crimes. This is clearly evident by the fact Chicago has seen over 2830 shootings and over 480 murders so far this year. Violent crime is up in many categories. Chicago is on par for having its most violent year in many years. Gangs are the driving force behind much of this. Drug trafficking is the major engine that fuels most gangs. The state’s attorney’s office is clearly not doing enough and must be much more aggressive at this. Limited resources are always a problem. Therefore, combining resources must be part of the answer. As the next state’s attorney I would work more closely in conjunction with the U.S. attorney, the F.B.I. and D.E.A., along with local police departments, in conducting such ongoing investigations and coordinating future prosecutions. Joint TASK Forces should be established. No one agency should try to tackle this massive problem alone.

 

Violent gang crimes are nothing more than a form of domestic terrorism. Violent gang crimes certainly inflict terror in their victims and their communities. Gang crimes plague our streets and kill our citizens.

 

 

Gun violence and major drug trafficking are two areas of major gang activities that need to be focused on and account for much of the violent crimes in our communities. We need to go after the ultimate sources behind both of these crimes. I will use the new state law recently signed by the Governor to aggressively go after those individuals that purchase guns in other states and bring them into Illinois for distribution to gang members. This is a major source of illegal guns in this state. It has been estimated that as many as 60% of the guns used to commit violent crimes in Illinois are brought in from other states. As many as one-third come in from just across the border in Indiana. I will also get low level drug possessors to turn on the suppliers, and work my way up to the major dealers that are selling the illegal drugs to them. In both cases, I intend to go after the major suppliers. I intend to cut off the supply of both illegal guns and illicit drugs at the source. Again, specialized TASK Forces, working in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, including federal agencies, will be established to accomplish this. RICO statutes will be utilized, whenever possible. This is a far better allocation of resources than just going after a multitude of simple end-line possession cases, while leaving the distributors to continue to distribute their illicit trade on a mass scale. In the end, our communities will be much safer. The gun violence epidemic must stop now!

What would you do as state’s attorney to bring down the number of shootings in Chicago?
Answer from Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche:

The prosecution of gun violence cases will be the main focus of my administration. We must get this gun violence rate down. I will assign my most skilled prosecutors to these cases. They will be expedited through the system. Criminals convicted of committing violent crimes with guns will go to prison to keep our streets safer.

 

Any solution must also start within the communities where these shootings are taking place. Several factors are at the heart of this escalating problem. This must be a multi-pronged solution. The single largest factor in this spike in shootings is the fact that our communities have lost confidence and trust in the criminal justice system that is supposed to be representing and protecting them. Criminals are taking advantage of this situation to commit more crimes. The state’s attorney’s office and our police departments are supposed to be the two main pillars that support our communities, like the three sides of a triangle. This triangle crumbled when confidence was lost. Much of the problem had to do with how the state’s attorney’s office and the Chicago police department handled the Laquan McDonald “16 shot” shooting. Mass protests broke out upon the release of the police dash-cam video. These protests lasted for weeks. Communities feel targeted and betrayed by our police officers. Police officers feel betrayed by our mayor and state’s attorney, as well as by our communities. The state’s attorney’s office has lost the trust of the people it is supposed to be equally representing. Consequently, Chicago police street stops dropped off 87% earlier this year. Meanwhile murders and shootings jumped up roughly 100% during the same time period. Murders are still up 44% and shootings are still up 53% over last year. Our criminal justice system is crumbling.

 

 

Major reforms are needed on all sides. The state’s attorney’s office must more clearly work with its communities, becoming much more transparent (within the ethical limits imposed on it). Citizens were not so much angry with the decision of the state’s attorney in the McDonald case as they were with the fact that everyone was kept in the dark for over 13 months as to what was happening. The timing of the decision by the state’s attorney’s office seemed more political than practical. Both the state’s attorney’s office and the police departments must open up better lines of communication with their communities. People in our communities must again have reason to feel that their voices and concerns are being heard and acted upon before trust can be restored. Likewise, the state’s attorney’s office must stand more clearly behind its police officers, who are feeling a major loss of moral. As long as our police are demoralized, feel that they are not getting a fair shake, and refrain from taking action on the streets, criminals will know that they will have a field day to continue the current shooting spree that has been spiraling out of control.

A number of Cook County’s supervising prosecutors have reached the point where their pensions have maxed out and they may retire. How — and who — would you recruit to fill those assistant state’s attorney positions?
Answer from Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche:

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office is unique among prosecutor’s offices around the nation. It is the second largest prosecutor’s office in the nation, working in the largest court system in the nation, trying to tackle what is currently the highest number of murders and shootings in the nation. This necessitates highly trained and experienced prosecutors to lead this office in supervisory positions. Part of the problem right now is that this is a highly political office. Perspective new employees often cannot get a job without the necessary political clout. However, political clout does not translate into capable experience. This office must conduct ongoing job searches for new employees, as well as for supervisory personnel, who have either experience from other government prosecutor agencies or who have outstanding academic credentials, without regard to whatever political clout that individual may have. A good starting point would be to do a better job of reaching out into law schools, finding laws students that are interested in pursuing careers as prosecutors, and establishing regular, in-depth, direct-relationship internship programs at these schools with students, not just the superficial internship programs that we have now. New hires must then undergo rigorous trial and motion practice training so that they clearly understand the elements and proper litigation steps to attain successful convictions. Then, for current employees, I would greatly ramp up rigorous, ongoing training programs. The selection of future supervisors must be based upon experience and leadership skills. I would also look to recruit skilled supervising prosecutors from other prosecutor agencies. For those prosecutors who want to move up to these supervisory positions from within the office, they need to know that it is experience, judgement skills and leadership qualities, not political clout, that will get them to these positions. Our prosecutors should be viewed as the best in the nation.

How will you decide who runs the various divisions in the state’s attorney’s office? How much leeway will you give them to make their own decisions?
Answer from Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche:

These decisions must be based upon experience, ability, trial skills, leadership skills, social interaction abilities and the ability to oversee, train and evaluate others below them … and not upon political clout. Political clout does not equate with leadership skills. Requisite leadership skills and trial skills will be necessary to run any division in this office.

 

 

In terms of leeway, my prosecutors will be given the discretion to do their job. There are currently over 850 lawyers working for this office. This office is simply too large for the elected state’s attorney to try to micromanage it. That had been one of the major complaints against the current state’s attorney. As a result, endless numbers of cases get needlessly continued while multiple bosses are consulted about the multitudes of cases. No one knows better what a “case is worth” than the actual prosecutor handling that case and that prosecutor’s immediate supervisor. Let there be no misconceptions, I will clearly establish general policy guidelines on how cases will be handled and what types of dispositions we should be seeking on various cases. However, just like not all gun cases are the same, or as easily provable as other gun cases, all drug cases are not the same … nor are all retail theft cases. A certain amount of discretion must be allowed so that this system does not break down into a needless quagmire of endless court case continuances so that a multitude of bosses first sound in on what should happen on each case. Justice is not justice if it is not both swift and efficient … and so I would return a large amount of discretion to both division supervisors and courtroom prosecutors, so as to expedite cases through the system within the confines of the general policies that I would first establish.

Given that the Cook County Board president controls the state’s attorney’s budget, how would you maintain political independence from Board President Toni Preckwinkle?
Answer from Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche:

The state’s attorney’s office is called that for a reason. It is run by the elected state’s attorney. It is not the job of the County Board President to dictate how the state’s attorney’s office is run, but merely to provide funding to this office. The next state’s attorney must be firm in taking this position. Having said that, a working relationship must still be maintained between these two agencies, as it must be maintained with all agencies. While it is true that annual budgets must be hammered out and agreed to between the two agencies, and money is certainly tight in recent years, it is the job of the state’s attorney to “make the case” to the County Board President exactly how much money is needed and where each dollar vitally needs to be spent. It is also the job of the state’s attorney to then spend that money wisely. I will put in place an expert team of negotiators to successfully negotiate for every budget dollar that we can get. Having said that, there are also potential outside sources of funding, such as local, state and federal grant money, that can be pursued, and these must be pursued vigorously. Deadlines for applying for them must be strictly observed, so as not to drop the ball on these grants, as has happened in the past. Prosecutors must be assigned wisely, and dollars must be spent efficiently, and I will make sure that that happens.

What would you do differently, and what new procedures would you implement to investigate police misconduct? And how would safeguard the office against misconduct by prosecutors?
Answer from Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche:

Police Misconduct – Police misconduct will not be tolerated. The Special Independent Prosecutor statute does not allow the blanket redirection of police misconduct cases to any outside agency on a regular basis. While the state’s attorney’s office currently has a Special Prosecutions Public Integrity / Official Misconduct Unit, one that I have worked in, myself, prosecutors are regularly rotated in an out of that unit, putting them in the awkward position of sometimes vouching for the credibility of police officers, and at other times prosecuting police officers. To maintain integrity, this should not be allowed to happen. With that in mind a special unit needs to be established within the state’s attorney’s office wherein prosecutors will be hired and assigned solely to that unit for the duration of their employment with this office. The supervisor of this unit would answer directly to me as the elected state’s attorney since, by law, it is still the duty of the state’s attorney to handle any investigations and prosecutions of police misconduct. Those prosecutors in that unit will then have the singular function of investigating and potentially prosecuting allegations of police misconduct without worry of having to potentially face those same officers as state witnesses at other points in their careers. This would be their only assignment in the office, as a way of shielding them from any potential conflicts of interest or appearances of impropriety. As the elected state’s attorney, it would be my sworn duty to, upon review, then make the ultimate decisions in such cases.

 

 

Prosecutorial Misconduct – Prosecutorial misconduct will not be tolerated. My prosecutors will receive ongoing, rigorous training as to all the ethical issues that we have to face every day. Our job is to “Seek Justice”, not just to necessarily get convictions, and certainly not to evade justice. The ethical qualities of any assistant state’s attorney must be beyond reproach or question. Prosecutors in the office will be trained from “day one” on the job as to the proper way of opening and handling a case file and how to properly work up each case for potential trial, along with the proper procedures for “discovery” in each case. Rigorous checklists will be provided and followed. Likewise, prosecutors will be judged not on how many convictions they get (there will be no quotas involved in evaluating job performance), but rather on how they overall handled the case and adhered to both office procedures, rules of evidence, and ethical considerations. Minor lack-of-proper-training issues will be addressed immediately by the immediate supervisor. Matters involving actual prosecutorial misconduct will be forwarded to the Illinois Attorney General’s office, since it would be a conflict of interest leading to a possible appearance of impropriety to handle such matters in-house. The integrity of the state’s attorney’s office must be maintained, above all else, or this office cannot act effectively.

What should be done about so-called rogue cops who remain on the Chicago Police force? In the future, what steps would you take when police officer testimony is contradicted by video evidence?
Answer from Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche:

This first depends upon what definition of “rogue” is being used (outward criminal actions, verses questionable actions, verses discretionary judgment calls, verses just accumulating “CR” complaints against individual officers). However, our office certainly has the power to investigate and prosecute police officers who break the law and this office will certainly do so under my leadership. Several things come into play here. Everyone, including police officers, are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. However, if there are police officers out there who do remain on the police force who utilize very questionable, unethical, or even criminal tactics this office can certainly refuse to approve charges on any arrests they may bring or can refuse to prosecute their cases at all. As taxpayers, we all pay police officers to make the tough, split-second, discretionary calls that they have to make when responding to crime scenes. Law-abiding officers will be supported. However, if any officers cross the line into actual criminal actions this office will vigorously prosecute them. Further, when police testimony is “clearly” contradicted by video evidence, the video evidence will control the decision of that case. However, caution must be taken here, because video evidence often does not capture the full events of the incident. Dash-cams and body-cams often point in just one direction, while often related events are going on in off-camera directions. This must be taken into consideration. Camera videos are often not clear views of the scene, just like any other witness who may have had an obscured view of the crime. For example, store surveillance videos are often completely useless in court because they failed to capture the actual events of the crime, because of the direction in which they were pointing, or due to the poor quality of the video, or even the lighting conditions.  If police testimony is to be overruled by video evidence it must first be clearly determined that the video evidence contained the full, relevant events of the incident.

Do you hope to improve or somehow modify the much-criticized Conviction Integrity Unit? If so, what would you do?
Answer from Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche:

The Conviction Integrity Unit is both a very important unit as well as a challenging unit. By nature, its task is to second-guess the proceedings of both prior prosecutors and the trial court or, perhaps, to consider newly-discovered evidence. Most of the cases that get reviewed by this unit tend to be both serious and complex in nature, which calls for a detailed review of all aspects of the case. Given the extensive elements and evidence presented in such cases, many times including forensic evidence, investigative manpower of course becomes an issue. However, given the fact that no criminal justice system is right 100% of the time in its rulings, the importance of such a unit cannot be understated or under-stressed. Innocent individuals should never be convicted of a crime. Again, the integrity of this office is paramount to our doing our job effectively. Even given the budgetary constraints, additional staffing must be found for this unit. Criteria will be clearly established, after consulting with judges, other attorneys, outside experts, and other prosecutorial agencies, as to how to best review such cases. Only highly skilled, detail-minded, well-experienced trial prosecutors with strong ethical standards will be assigned to this unit. Procedures for reviewing such cases will be clearly set forth. When possible or necessary, outside attorneys and experts will be consulted on individual cases. Cases will be competently reviewed and decisions will be made public in a timely fashion. Again, justice delayed is justice denied.

Cases remain in the pipeline that are linked to disgraced former detective Reynaldo Guevara. How would you handle those cases?
Answer from Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche:

No criminal case should ever be decided upon based upon mere allegations. Many defendants have been known to make baseless accusations against the officers involved, in an attempt to get their case thrown out. Just as it would be inconceivable to support any criminal justice system that would allow a criminal defendant to be found guilty based upon mere allegations, rather than upon proof beyond a reasonable doubt, it is equally important that police officers deserve the same protections.

 

The proper procedure would be, once such allegations are made against a police officer, to conduct a thorough investigation into each case handled by that officer.

 

A detective is no different than any other state witness. Any time the credibility of a state witness’s testimony, including that of a detective, may become doubtful, or when there is clear evidence that an officer has coerced the testimony of other witnesses, the state’s attorney has an obligation to re-evaluate that case.

 

In such cases as Montanez and Serrano, when an appellate court court rules that the main witness against the defendants had been coerced into lying by the Chicago police detective working on the case the appropriate remedy is for the State to dismiss the charges in that case.

 

However, it is the sworn duty of a state’s attorney to judge each individual case on its own merits, just as it is the right of every defendant to have his/her case decided on its own merits. After a ruling such as the one above, it is incumbent upon the state’s attorney to take a close look at any remaining pending cases, re-interview the appropriate state witnesses, determine if any potential coercion was involved and determine if the charges therein can still be proven without those witnesses or the coercion involved. If, and only if, an actual pattern of such coercion is established in additional cases, then it would be both appropriate and ethically necessary to drop any remaining cases wherein that detective had a significant role of contact with the state witnesses. There is nothing more important than the ethical integrity of obtaining an untarnished conviction.

 

It is not the job of the state’s attorney to blindly seek convictions. Nor would my prosecutors be evaluated on such a system. Rather, it is the duty of the state’s attorney to “Seek Justice”, above all else … and that means “Justice for all.” We have high ethical standards that must be strictly adhered to. If the facts of a case warrant that particular case be dismissed, then that is the only appropriate remedy. If a pattern of misconduct by a particular officer is established, and that misconduct has already affected other cases, then every one of that officer’s cases must be re-evaluated.

 

 

In the case of detective Guevara, each of his remaining pending cases must be re-evaluated, and witnesses re-interviewed, to see if a clean, untarnished conviction can be obtained without any coerced or questionable testimony.

What is the appropriate role for local law enforcement agencies in crafting overall criminal justice laws and policies?
Answer from Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche:

The appropriate role of the state’s attorney’s office, as the chief law enforcement agency in the county, is to take the commanding lead in this area. Instead of always trying to “catch up” and being reactive to what goes on, the state’s attorney’s office needs to be “one step ahead” and proactive. Instead of trying to craft new laws on its own, the state’s attorney’s office should be working more closely in conjunction with every law enforcement department in the county, so as to draw upon all available resources, and to draft laws and policies that would keep this office one step ahead of the criminals. Criminals are becoming more innovative, finding every loophole in the law that they can. In recent years, the internet has become a popular avenue and tool used for committing crimes. Just like we have progressed from “Stalking” to “Cyber Stalking” over the internet, and we have seen the constantly evolving technologies in the telecommunications industry wherein we often seek court-ordered “Pen Registers” to trace the use of cell phones in trying to locate a crime suspect or victim, we must constantly explore every new medium and every new or evolving technology. This also requires being innovative on proposing new legislation to adequately deal with newly developing and innovative patterns of crime. Again, in many of these areas we should be pooling our resources with every law enforcement agency in the county, as well as with the various appropriate federal agencies. We should also open up lines of communication with prosecutor offices across the nation to see how other prosecutor offices are using new laws and policies and innovative new ideas to tackle these problems. Each agency should not be reinventing the wheel on its own. This must be a team effort. We must insure that all applicable criminal laws and policies keep up with the changing times. When necessary, it is the duty of local law enforcement agencies to craft new laws and policies.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have a governmental goal, not a political philosphy.  Cops and prosecutors who follow a political philosophy instead of their responsibilities to their community should resign immediately and find a different line of work.

Eliminating Political Corruption Is The Single Most Important Issue

The corruption in Chicago government, Cook County government and Illinois state government has developed over 100 years to invade every corner of government operations.  Government officials and employees entering into the system are taught to ignore waste, fraud and corruption or face the consequences of political retribution and dismissal.  Instead of trying to improve our system of government, the main goal of most public officials and employees is to protect the traditional patronage system status quo and the more modern pinstripe patronage (contractual) patronage system.

The historical role of the Cook County State’s Attorney has always been to look the other way because that’s why they were slated by the Democratic Party bosses.   The “Big Fish” swim away from the wreckage of government and financial corruption while a few “Small Fish” pay the price and get eaten by the system and the media. 

As your next Cook County State’s Attorney I will have only one instruction for the prosecutors who work for me — “Go get’em”.

I don’t care who you are, who you know, how much money you have or what you threaten to do to me if I prosecute you.   If you are a public official who committed an act of public corruption I will investigate you, indict you, convict you and make sure you lose your taxpayer pension for violating our trust and breaking the law.

Until we make an example of all the “Big Fish” who have escaped prosecution in the past, new public officials and new public employees will never be able to concentrate on the primary public purpose of making our government honest, efficient and effective.

Until we get rid of the crooked politicians who control the criminal justice system and make government policy in Cook County and Illinois, we cannot successfully reduce illegal gun possession, gun violence, gang activity, the drug trade, and the impact all of these criminal activities have on street violence, educuation safety, eceonomic growth and our basic right to a high quality of life.

Position Papers

New Leadership Is Needed In Cook County

Summary

This position paper will set forth the rebuilding of bonds of trust and confidence in Cook County's Criminal Justice System.

CHRISTOPHER E. K. PFANNKUCHE -- A life-long Prosecutor, Teacher, and Public Servant

Your candidate for Cook COunty State's Attorney

It is time for qualified leadership.

Cook County needs a new State's Attorney. The reputation of the State's Attorney's Office has been greatly damaged under the current leadership. Justice is no longer being pursued. I intend to restore "respect, integrity & professionalism" to the State's Attorney's Office. I wil rebuild the bonds of trust with our communities and our police departments. In the process, I will team up with community groups and police departments across the county to fight crime and make our communities safer places to live. It's time to be tough, yet smart on crime.

Our prosecutors should be looked upon as the "finest in the nation".

"Seeking Justice" is my 1st and constant priority!"

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