Foes in prosecutor race raise conflict of interest questions

The Republican running for Cook County state's attorney says his Democratic challenger will have a conflict of interest if she is elected because she currently works for a law firm that frequently sues the county.

Christopher Pfannkuche told the Chicago Tribune editorial board if Kim Foxx doesn't recuse herself from cases involving the law firm Powers Rogers & Smith, she would further erode public trust in the prosecutor's office.

Doubts about the office emerged when outgoing State's Attorney Anita Alvarez was criticized for taking more than a year to file charges in the fatal police shooting in 2014 of Laquan McDonald.

Foxx says she won't recuse herself from cases involving Powers Rogers & Smith, for which she has been a legal consultant since September 2015. She says she hasn't worked on any cases involving Cook County.
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