CHICAGO (Fox 32 News) - In the wake of a FOX 32 News investigation, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is promising to implement changes in the hiring of outside counsel.
The changes were recommended Friday in a report by former U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Collins, both from the law firm of King & Spaulding.
Fardon and Collins were brought in by Foxx, at no cost to the county, to review the hiring of outside attorneys after a FOX 32 investigation led to the resignation of top Foxx aide Chaka Patterson. Records obtained by FOX 32 showed that Patterson had steered nearly half a million dollars in legal work to the law firm where he had worked before joining the State’s Attorney’s Office.
State’s Attorney Foxx released the outside review of Patterson’s actions Friday. The report recommends that going forward, the State’s Attorney’s office should obtain a judge’s approval for hiring any outside attorneys while establishing new policies and “selection panels” to decide when outside counsel needs to be hired.
The report also recommends more transparency regarding the hiring of outside attorneys.