Sneed exclusive: Toni Preckwinkle fielding candidate against Anita Alvarez
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Sneed has learned that powerful Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is on the hunt for a new Cook County state’s attorney.
It’s called a Foxx hunt.
• Translation: Sneed is told that Preckwinkle, who wields tremendous power in the black community, is intent on unseating Dem femme Anita Alvarez.
Sneed is told Toni the tiger is positioning her chief of staff, Kimberly Foxx, as a possible Alvarez replacement.
Foxx, a former Cook County assistant state’s attorney who worked for Alvarez in the juvenile justice bureau, was raised by a single mother in the Cabrini-Green housing project.
She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and SIU’s law school.
Three top Sneed sources claim Preckwinkle is intent on replacing Alvarez, with whom she is at odds over the automatic transfer of some juveniles to adult court, based on their crimes.
“Toni is not a fan of Anita’s — I can assure you,” said a source close to Preckwinkle, who thinks the rule, which sends all juvenile defendants charged with first-degree murder, sexual assault or armed robbery to adult court without a judge’s input, overwhelmingly affects minority kids.
Alvarez has said she is open to changing the law to include more judges’ discretion in the transfers — but says the serious nature of the crime must be taken into account.
“Kimberly Foxx shares Toni’s criminal justice views and is included in all of the meetings Preckwinkle holds to deal with such issues,” a second source said. “Criminal justice is Kimberly’s sweet spot and Toni wants to clean up the mess in our criminal court system.”
Foxx, who began as Preckwinkle’s deputy chief of staff in 2013, is also president of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Illinois and is married with two daughters.
Notoriously colorful defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. confirmed to Sneed in November he was forming an exploratory committee to run for state’s attorney in 2016.
Running with Rauner . . .
Sneed is told a big bombshell is expected in Wednesday’s budget address by Gov. Bruce Rauner, which could lower the boom on state funding for Illinois universities — but not on state-funded community colleges.
But that’s not all: Sneed also is told the budget address could include proposals that could mean as much as a $150 million decrease in city funding, affecting the city’s ability to provide basic services.
The city is already obligated under state law to make a $550 million payment toward the police and fire pensions in 2016.
Rauner, who will unveil his plans Wednesday for filling a massive money hole now that the temporary income tax increase has expired, has said he will move money from “nonessential” programs to fill the gap — and make major cuts ahead of the expected $5 billion to $6 billion deficit in the 2016 fiscal year, starting this July.
Miley’s ‘SNL’ jitters . . .
Sneed is told singer Miley Cyrus had such a case of stage fright before her solo stage performance on Sunday’s 40th anniversary celebration of “Saturday Night Live,” the audience rushed to the rescue while Miley nervously stood at the microphone waiting to go on.
“You are going to be great!” the audience kept yelling — according to a Sneed source in the audience.
The Webb net . . .
Chicago’s uber lawyer Dan Webb is the subject of a new biography penned by his close friend, highly respected Chicago federal district Court Judge Charles Kocoras.
• Upshot: The book, titled “May it Please the Court: A Story About One of America’s Greatest Trial Lawyers,” is being published by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. It goes behind the scenes of Webb’s most famous trials — from his stints in the U.S. Attorney’s office and the law firm Winston & Strawn.
• Backshot: As a prosecutor, Webb worked on the Iran-Contra trial of John Poindexter and Operation Greylord, which sent dozens of judges, lawyers, cops and court officials to jail. As a defense attorney, Webb successfully fought antitrust charges against Microsoft and Philip Morris.
Sneedlings . . .
Wednesday’s birthdays: Yoko Ono, 82; John Travolta, 61, and Molly Ringwald, 47.