The law department said it will file its civil complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County. "As part of this legal action, the Law Department will pursue the full measure of damages allowed under the ordinance".
Thursday was seven days since Mayor Rahm Emanuel's law chief sent the "Empire" actor a letter demanding the payment by money order or cashier's check for $130,106 - plus 15 cents - but there was no indication Smollett has paid or intends to.
Smollett said he was attacked by two men, who doused him with a chemical and put a noose around his neck in January.
Later the police captured the assailants and they accused Smollett of planning the race hoax to garner sympathy.
Particularly, the police cite three Foxx policies: Not prosecuting theft felonies under $1,000 in value, or most drivers with invalid licenses or most small marijuana cases. He said residents needed to know Foxx "is letting them down".
And notably, not a single African American police chief stood among the many from suburban towns urging Foxx to go.
"It appears your strategy to address non-violent crime in Cook County is to decriminalize or ignore it, regardless of any collateral cost which is born overwhelmingly by individual communities and their police forces", Mellema concludes.
Foxx's office told WLS the criticism was "an excuse to justify" wider resistance to "prioritizing resources to increase public safety and reduce harm". Groups representing police chiefs in the north, west, and south suburbs all approved votes of "no confidence" in Foxx ahead of Thursday's announcement.
On Jan. 29, Smollett said he was attacked late at night near by two masked men in Chicago. That means the city could demand more than $390,000 USA from Smollett.
Emanuel said during the press conference on the 28th of March that Jussie could write on the back of the check, "I'm sorry and I'm accountable for what I've done". The city won't have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Smollett staged the attack in civil court, only that it's more likely true than not true that he did. The Police Commander, the Superintendent, as well as the mayor of Chicago, have been quite forceful in their condemnation of both Smollett, his actions, and the DA for dropping the charges.