The Cook County Democratic Party is reopening its slating process in the race for state's attorney.
Democratic party leaders opted against endorsing in the state's attorney race in August, before controversy exploded over the Laquan McDonald shooting case. Now, the party's executive committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to reconsider whether to back a candidate in the race.
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez is facing calls for her resignation over her handling of the McDonald case. She has come under fire for taking more than a year to bring first-degree murder charges against Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer who shot 17-year-old McDonald 16 times.
In the March Democratic primary, Alvarez will face Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's former chief of staff Kim Foxx, who previously worked as a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney, and Donna More, a former state and federal prosecutor.
"The decision demonstrates the growing recognition that Cook County's criminal justice system is broken--and incumbent Anita Alvarez had a hand in breaking it," a Foxx spokeswoman said in a statement Friday about the reopening of the slating process. "Democrats all across the County have lost faith in her leadership. We are pleased to be considered for endorsement by the diverse leaders of the Democratic Party, and Kim looks forward to discussing her 12-year track record as a prosecutor, and her vision for holistic criminal justice reform."