In a case that made political headlines, actor Jussie Smollett was charged with making false statements to Chicago police about a supposed hate crime he had experienced. But then the Illinois State Attorney's Office for Cook County decided to drop all charges in exchange for Smollet paying a fine and doing community service. This decision attracted further political controversy, but then in August Judge Michael Toomin of the Cook County Circuit Court appointed a special prosecutor, former US Attorney Dan Webb, to investigate the dismissal of charges against Smollet.
My question is, does Webb have the power to charge Smollet again for the same crimes? Or does his jurisdiction only cover wrongdoing by state prosecutors in dismissing the charges against Smollet, not the underlying conduct?