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Resigning Chicago Prosecutor Slams City’s Crime Crisis 

Holland McKinnie
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Chicago once stood as a beacon of American strength, embodying the robust vitality of our nation’s heartland. Today, however, the city’s image has been tarnished by a barrage of escalating criminal activity, growing so severe that longtime prosecutor Jason Poje has resolved to abandon the city he once held dear.

Poje served as a prosecutor in Cook County, Illinois, for two decades, diligently working to uphold law and order. However, his recent resignation letter paints a grim portrait of a city increasingly consumed by crime and disorder. “The truth is, I can’t get out of here fast enough,” Poje lamented, echoing the sentiments of countless Chicagoans who feel powerless in the face of the city’s rapid decay.

Poje’s indictment of the state and county is biting, blaming them for setting Chicago “on a course to disaster.” He accused Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office of backing “every policy change that had the predictable, and predicted, outcome of more crime and more people getting hurt.” In Poje’s eyes, these misguided policy shifts have directly affected the city’s spiraling crime rates.

Among the policy changes Poje criticized are bond reforms that leave criminals on the streets, shorter parole periods, lower sentences for repeat offenders and the malicious prosecution of law enforcement officers. He also pointed out the overuse of diversion programs and the intentional neglect of lawful prosecutions.

Tragically, Poje’s family, residing in a once quiet suburban corner, has been directly impacted by the city’s crime. His young son, he noted, now hears gunfire while playing at their neighborhood park, and an open-air drug dealer operates near their home. “I will not raise my son here,” Poje stated, expressing a sentiment shared by many Chicagoans forced to reckon with their city’s increasingly hostile environment.

Chicago’s elected officials have been conspicuously silent on this escalating crisis. The city’s newly elected mayor, Brandon Johnson, is on record for advocating defunding the police, a stance guaranteed to exacerbate the city’s crime predicament. As Chicagoans suffer, Johnson and other city leaders seem more preoccupied with political posturing than safeguarding their constituents.

Poje’s decision to exit the city follows a similar move by Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jim Murphy, who resigned in protest against Foxx’s leadership last year. “I wish I could stay,” Murphy wrote. “However, I can no longer work for this Administration. I have zero confidence in leadership.”


Such departures highlight Chicago’s dire straits, as those once dedicated to upholding law and order feel compelled to retreat. Their pleas for change, laden with the pain of a city slipping into chaos, should serve as a wake-up call to those in power.

If Chicago is to regain its former glory, city leaders must recommit to law and order. They must stop treating criminal justice as a political chessboard and instead prioritize the safety and well-being of their citizens. 

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