Kim Foxx sits down with Small Business Advocacy Council board member at Hyatt Place Chicago

States Attorney for Cook County Kim Foxx spoke with event moderator, Dwayne Hirsch, Wednesday, Sept. 20, during the Small Business Advocacy Council Happy Hour. The event was held at the Hyatt Place Chicago-South, 5225 S. Harper Ave. – Spencer Bibbs

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, was a special guest of “Dwayne Hirsch’s: Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) Happy Hour,” networking event on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Hyatt Place Chicago, 5225 S. Harper Ave.

Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country, and was elected to the top prosecutor post, after claiming victory in a historic election, during a critical time for the criminal justice system in Chicago.

Hirsch, a SBAC executive board member and 2017 SBAC Advocate of the year, hosted the monthly event in front of a packed house at the Hyatt, which featured a one-on-one interview with Foxx.

“I was looking for ways to connect with business owners in the small business community about the work that we do at the state’s attorney’s office,” Foxx said. “Historically people don’t think about our office talking small business and the impact our criminal justice system has on the ability for businesses to grow and thrive. Or quite frankly, the role the economy plays as it relates to crime and violence in our city.”

During the interview, Foxx discussed her time in office, her road to making history as cook county state’s attorney and how her office impacts small businesses overall in the Cook County area.

As a lead architect of the county’s criminal justice reform agenda, Foxx addressed racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems and how her office has contributed to the significant drop in the Cook County jail population through the promotion of public safety.

“One of the things that’s very important to me is when people talk about our mass incarceration rates,” Foxx said.

Foxx spoke about reform, restoring trust, and working with the community to increase public safety. She said she is looking to help those, who would like to see a more balanced criminal justice system.

“Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx provides a unique perspective on how public safety initiatives, building trust in government and economic development can improve communities,” said a spokesperson of the SBAC. “We hope that the SBAC and the Cook County State’s Attorney will have an ongoing working relationship in order to improve Cook County’s relationship with entrepreneurs and provide positive change for our state.”

The Small Business Advocacy Council is a non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small business through advocacy, support services and educational programs.

For more information, visit www.sbacil.org.

j.phillips@hpherald.com