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Cook County State’s Attorney 2020 Election Guide

Sexual and domestic violence are an epidemic throughout Cook County, affecting people from all walks of life – particularly women and girls, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is the second largest in the country and is responsible for the prosecution of all misdemeanor and felony crimes committed in Cook County. Because the primary responsibility of the office is to prosecute crime, the Assistant State’s Attorneys in the office assist thousands of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking each year. The Cook County State’s Attorney has wide ranging authority in the prosecution of these crimes as well as the ability to serve as the voice for victims of crime in Cook County.  They are a leader in all issues related to the criminal justice system and have major responsibility for public safety as the chief law enforcement agent in Cook County.

Leaders and experts on gender-based violence from 7 organizations, including The Network, asked candidates for the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney about their plans for the following and more:

The felony review process and efforts to ensure appropriate charging

Response to sexual exploitation and prostitution related charges

The use of self-defense by survivors of gender-based violence

Data transparency

Working with underserved communities such as communities of color, immigrant and LGBTQ communities

All candidates for Cook County’s State’s Attorney were invited to respond to this questionnaire, we have posted all of the submissions that we have received.

We hope these questionnaires help inform your vote for the March 17th primary election.

Please note candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

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