Riley Fox family aims to unseat Will County Sheriff
October 10, 2006 – The family of murder victim Riley Fox is on a mission to get the current Will County Sheriff out of office. They held a fundraiser Tuesday night for the candidate running against Sheriff Paul Kaupas.
Rich Girot has been campaigning for the Will County Sheriff’s job for a year, mostly at small gatherings like Tuesday’s fundraiser at a home in Wilmington. But this is no ordinary campaign stop. This is the home of Kurt and Dawn Fox, grandparents of Riley Fox, the 3-year-old whose kidnapping and murder remains unsolved. The sheriff arrested their son Kevin. Charged with the crime, Kevin Fox spent eight months in jail before DNA prompted a judge to set him free.
Girot sympathizes with the Fox family.
“I could not imagine losing a grandchild,” said Rich Girot, (D)-Will County Sheriff candidate.
Riley’s parents Kevin and Melissa Fox have filed suit against the sheriff’s department and state’s attorney alleging they botched the case and wrongfully prosecuted Kevin.
The grandparents say they want the current sheriff, Paul Kaupas, out of office.
“Our family’s been through hell,” said Dawn Fox, Riley’s grandmother.
“I’ll never get over her murder, and we almost lost Kevin, and that would have been really bad,” said Kurt Fox, Riley’s grandfather.
Kaupas has been sheriff of Will County for four years. He is a 30-year veteran of the department and a decorated Vietnam veteran. His spokesman says he “stands by his record of what he has done. He is the only qualified candidate.”
Democrat Rich Girot has been a sheriff’s deputy for 17 years and was president of the deputies union. He has also served as mayor of Braidwood.
The sheriff declined to be interviewed Tuesday night. But Kaupas and the Fox family agree on one thing: they both want to find the killer.