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Thomas Sierra, center, exits the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Thomas Sierra, 41, spent more than half his life in prison, convicted of a murder he has claimed from the beginning he didn’t commit. On Tuesday, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office dropped the charges. “It’s a bittersweet situation,” Sierra said.

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“It’s a brand new beginning for me,” said Leonard Gipson, one of 15 men who had drug convictions vacated by a judge Thursday. The convictions stemmed from arrests made more than a decade ago by disgraced former Chicago Police Sgt. Ronald Watts.

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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 11, 2017.

A first-of-its-kind report released Tuesday by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office details more than 30,000 felony cases presented for prosecution in 2016.

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Kim Foxx is the first African-American woman to hold the position of Cook County State’s Attorney. She joins host Carol Marin to discuss her plans for the office.

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Kim Foxx, left, and Dorothy Brown. (Chicago Tonight)

Kim Foxx has soundly defeated her Republican challenger for Cook County State’s Attorney, while Dorothy Brown wins a fifth term as Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court. 

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The two candidates aiming to replace Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez make their case in our latest candidate forum.

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The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office prosecutes crimes committed in Cook County, serves as legal counsel for Cook County government agencies, and serves as legal counsel for all Cook County public officials. Learn about the candidates.

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Kim Foxx

 "I am running for State’s Attorney because our criminal justice system is broken–and incumbent State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is part of the problem." Learn more about this candidate.

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Christopher E.K. Pfannkuche

“Helping to reduce crime is the job of the State's Attorney whose job is to prosecute criminals, seek justice for crime victims, and maintain confidence in our criminal justice system.” Learn more about this candidate.

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In a surprise move, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says she wants off the Jason Van Dyke case involving the killing of Laquan McDonald. 

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Kim Foxx

Kim Foxx easily defeated incumbent Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez on Tuesday night with 58 percent of the vote. “I knew from my conversations from people throughout the county that there was discontent, that there was a real consensus of a need for change,” Foxx said.

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Check election results and analysis of top local and statewide contests, and find out how many early ballots were cast this year in Chicago.

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Kim Foxx, left, Anita Alvarez

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez lost her bid for re-election to Kim Foxx in a race that was widely seen as a referendum on her handling of the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

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Natasha Korecki on "Chicago Tonight" with Carol Marin

It’s the eve of a particularly heated primary election for a number of heavily contested races, from the increasingly close presidential races in both parties to the high-profile, money-saturated slugfest for Cook County state's attorney.

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Kimberly Foxx

The race to be Cook County's top prosecutor is getting even more interesting. Today, Cook County Democrats changed their minds about endorsing a candidate for state's attorney – in August, the party chose not to endorse anybody – and officially backed a challenger to incumbent Anita Alvarez.

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Donna More

Donna More is one of two candidates looking to unseat Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in a March Democratic primary. As Alvarez fends off calls for her resignation in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting and subsequent criticism over the pace of the investigation, we ask former state and federal prosecutor More what she might have done differently.