La Salle County State's Attorney Karen Donnelly said she "respectfully declined" a possible appointment as special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case.
The “Empire” actor, Smollett, is accused of faking a racist, anti-gay attack on himself Prosecutors dismissed charges against Smollett related to making a false report. However, the Police Department and city officials maintain Smollett orchestrated the January incident and they're trying to recoup $130,000 the city spent on police overtime.
Further, Smollett wants the lawsuit the city of Chicago filed against him moved from state court to federal court.
Donnelly said in a Facebook post Wednesday she was "extremely honored to be asked to consider the appointment as special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case, but I was elected as La Salle County State’s Attorney and my loyalties lie here."
She added: "I understand I was not the only SA to be asked, but still —— WOW!"
She continued that she couldn't commit La Salle County resources to prosecute a case in Cook County, especially when the county is facing a budget crisis.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.