Chicago Democrats Refuse To Endorse Judge Who Appointed Smollett Special Prosecutor

Chicago Democrats Refuse To Endorse Judge Who Appointed Smollett Special Prosecutor


The Cook County Democratic Party took the unusual step of failing to recommend a sitting judge, Judge Michael Toomin, for re-election in November Monday — the same judge who appointed a special prosecutor to look into whether Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx gave former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett special treatment.

Toni Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board President, is head of the Cook County Democrats, and she’s both an ally of Foxx and an opponent of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who crushed her in last year’s mayoral election.

“The move set off a political firestorm,” the Chicago Tribune noted, with Toomin, who appointed special prosecutor Dan Webb to look into the Smollett case, arguing that close-knit Chicago Democrats wanted him punished for questioning Foxx.

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“Toomin, who is asking voters throughout the county to vote for retaining him, presided over an effort to name a special prosecutor in the case of the actor accused of staging a hate crime against himself

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