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Cops can’t trust Kim Foxx because she let Jussie Smollett walk

As the Sun-Times wrote, “the police deserved better.”

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaks at a press conference at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse after filing motions to vacate more than 1,000 low-level cannabis convictions.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaks at a December 2019 press conference at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse after filing motions to vacate more than 1,000 low-level cannabis convictions.
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

The Sun-Times endorsement of Kim Foxx for Cook County State’s Attorney was not a surprise. What was surprising was the endorsement’s admission that Foxx “should not have allowed (actor Jussie) Smollett to walk” until he admitted in writing that he had made up the story of a hate-crime attack.

Your editorial also conceded: “The police deserved better than that.”

If Foxx is elected, how comfortable will the police be when they must work with her on cases involving politically-connected people?

The endorsement continued: “Foxx should have hung up the phone on any politically connected attorney trying to plead the actor’s case.” We now know the “attorney” was Tina Tchen, former chief of staff for Michelle Obama. Can the Sun-Times assure police that Foxx will indeed hang up on the next “politically connected attorney” who calls?

Christine Craven, Evergreen Park

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TIF reform too late

Mayor Lori Lightfoot talks about reforming the TIF process (Sun-Times’ Feb. 7 editorial), but she could have and should have started this process before she took office by blocking the use of $1.5 billion in taxpayer TIF dollars for two projects on the North Side and South Loop.

TIF money is supposed to be used for “blighted” areas of the city. But mayors and the City Council over the last many years have used TIF funds for just about anything that suits their fancy, including projects on LaSalle Street downtown.

Mayors and the City Council act as if TIF money appears out of thin air, but taxpayers are paying for these TIF abuses. Meanwhile, my property tax bill increased nearly 60 percent in one year, from 2017 to 2018.

Brian Owen, East Rogers Park

Pilsen post office didn’t discriminate

First-term Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez is calling on U.S. Rep. Jesus Garcia to address allegations of discrimination against a non-English speaking customer by a postal clerk who told the customer she does not speak Spanish.

Logic would dictate that if you do not speak the language of a foreign country you are in that you get someone that knows the language to help you. It’s your problem to communicate, not necessarily the other person — it’s just common sense.

Now to have Ald. Sigcho-Lopez ask a congressman to help in this situation is a stretch, or overkill in plain English

Donald J. Lazo, Gage Park

Trump’s outrageous treatment of Lt. Col. Vindman

Donald Trump had Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman escorted from the White House in retaliation for his truthful testimony before Congress in the president’s impeachment inquiry.

Trump, a man of low character who insults Purple Heart recipients like John McCain, who denigrates all Vietnam Vets by equating their service to his dating habits, and who accepted a Purple Heart from one of his minions, saying “I always wanted one of these,” last week attempted to embarrass a decorated soldier with an actual Purple Heart and a long record of service to our country.

Where is the Republican outrage?

John Powers, Rolling Meadows