Sexual and domestic violence is 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 CAASE, 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

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

Click on the candidate's names to view their reply.

Responded by 2/7 Deadline

Bill Conway

Donna More

Pat O’Brien

Responded After the 2/7 Deadline

Kim Foxx

Have Not Responded

Bob Fioretti • Christopher Pfannkuche

Any delayed replies will be posted when possible.

Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court

The same group of 7 organizations also asked candidates for the Clerk of Circuit Court about their plans for addressing gender-based violence in the court systems as they will have many responsibilities that impact the experience survivors of gender-based violence have when attempting to access justice in both civil and criminal courts. Specifically, these responsibilities include:
  • Being the official record-keeper and docket-keeper for all court documents, including orders of protection, civil no contact orders and stalking no contact orders
  • Fulfilling court orders to seal, expunge and vacate convictions, including vacating prostitution convictions for survivors of sex trafficking
  • Collecting court fines and fees
  • Maintaining technical systems like E-Filing
  • Managing and training more than 1,000 employees who regularly interact with survivors of gender-based violence

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

All candidates for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County were invited to respond to this questionnaire. All of the submissions that we have received are posted below.

Richard Boykin

Michael Cabonargi

Jacob Meister

The questionnaires were prepared and presented by:

All of these organizations are 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and are nonpartisan entities that do not support or oppose individual candidates or political parties. All responses are posted as submitted on January 22, 2019. No part of this Election Guide may be construed to be an endorsement of either candidate’s campaign or views by the six organizations listed above.

Attend the Cook County State's Attorney Candidate Forum On Gender-based Violence on March 3rd 

Join us for a forum on how candidates for Cook County's State's Attorney plan to address gender-based violence! Forum questions will be informed by candidates’ responses to questionnaires formulated by leaders and experts on gender-based violence. To learn more about where the candidates stand on these issues, read their responses above.

Audience members will also have the opportunity to submit questions in advance as well as during the event.

Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology Downtown Campus
565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661

Schedule:
5:30 PM | Door open, registration open, meet representatives from participating organizations
6:00 PM | Start of forum

Event details and registration: https://ccsao-gbv.eventbrite.com

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