Disgraced former governor prods embattled prosecutor

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A rally Friday highlighted the cases of slain Chicagoans Photo credit WBBM Newsradio/Brandon Ison

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Nearly two dozen family members and friends of slain Chicagoans challenged the effectiveness of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, and they were joined by a former Illinois governor who is familiar with the criminal justice system.

The families asked why Foxx’s office hasn’t charged certain suspects or re-evaluated some cases.

That’s where Blagojevich came in. He called on Foxx to identify any problems her office may be having and told her it’s okay to ask for help.

“These families are not seeking vengeance — they’re seeking justice, and they deserve closure,” he said. “We’re here today to support them.”

Foxx has been beset by criticisms about her administration of the state’s attorney’s office. One former employee criticized her for what he called politically based decisions. Foxx concedes turnover has been an issue, creating more work for prosecutors.

In a statement Friday, Foxx said her office takes a “smart approach” in handling serious criminal cases. As for Blagojevich, she said, he should stay focused on avoiding a return to prison.

The former governor was convicted of federal corruption charges and sentenced to more than a decade behind bars. Former President Trump commuted his sentence.

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