At Issue: Foxx Opponent Says Prosecutor Too Lenient On Shoplifters

Craig Dellimore
December 20, 2019 - 4:41 pm
Bob Fioretti

Bob Fioretti /WBBM Newsradio


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A candidate running to edge out Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx says her office isn’t doing enough to combat rising incidents of shoplifting.

Foxx said the largest number of prosecutions in the office before she took over was for retail theft but argues the priority should be violent crime. Democratic Challenger Bob Fioretti agrees violence is a big deal but says Foxx is not prosecuting shoplifting often enough.

The former Chicago alderman echoes retail merchants who want more felony prosecutions. He said people need to respect others' property.

Fioretti said he was in a drugstore when a shoplifter fled with merchandise, and he says retailers tell him people feel they can get away with such crimes.

Fioretti is out guest on our "At Issue" program and you can hear more 9:30 a.m. Sunday.