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Anita in the Press

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, under the leadership of Anita Alvarez, continues to receive global attention for the cases it prosecutes and its nation-leading initiatives. Check this page often for the latest news from the campaign trail and the courtroom.

The best that we can do is promise our victims' families that we will work tirelessly to seek justice for their loved ones."

Issues

  • Gang & Gun Violence -

    Anita proposed and drafted a new law that increases criminal penalties for street gang members who are arrested by police...

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  • Human Trafficking -

    Recognizing the growing crime of the sexual trafficking of young children, Anita formed a dedicated unit within the State’s Attorney’s...

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  • Public Corruption -

    At the outset of her administration, Anita hired a veteran federal prosecutor to help lead efforts to investigate and prosecute...

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  • Integrity Unit -

    Anita recently announced creation of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s “Conviction Integrity Unit,” a specialized unit within the office that...

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  • Restoring Trust -

    Without any additional staffing or funding, Anita delivered on her promise to restore the concept of community-based prosecutions in the...

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  • Women & Violence -

    Tackling the many issues surrounding domestic violence has been one of Anita’s top priorities and she has worked to develop...

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  • Mortgage Fraud -

    In response to the growing problem of mortgage fraud affecting so many communities throughout Cook County, Anita created a special...

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  • New Task Force -

    It is currently estimated that the State of Illinois loses $77 million in tax revenues each year as a result...

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Alvarez in the News

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December 01, 2008

GLBT Applause-o-meter Rings, and Pols Listen

Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times - Suntimes.com

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The applause-o-meter wildly careened as the tuxedoed politicians strutted across the stage Saturday night at the annual Equality Illinois gala. Dawn Clark-Netsch, the grand dame of progressives, floated by in a billowy green and red gown, reprising Christmas. The meter went through the roof.

The main attraction was the parade of politicians, who each stepped briefly into the spotlight and wooed the 1,100 or so supporters of the gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender rights group. It’s a must do for any politician who cares about Chicago’s GLBT vote.

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November 01, 2008

Alvarez for State’s Attorney

Chicago Tribue - Chicagotribune.com

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Cook County’s next state’s attorney will take the job at a treacherous time: The murder count in Chicago is escalating, citizens in many communities distrust law enforcement, and economic hardship could well lead to troubling increases in robberies, burglaries and property crimes. Add to that Cook County government’s chronic financial dysfunction, plus the probability that political insiders will pressure the new chief prosecutor for jobs and other favors, and you have a near-perfect storm.

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October 25, 2008

Daily Herald Endorsement

The Daily Herald - Dailyherald.com

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For Cook County state’s attorney, Anita Alvarez is the clear choice for her experience, understanding of the office and dedication to its mission.

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September 29, 2008

Alvarez in our Pick for State’s Attorney

Chicago Sun-Times - Suntimes.com

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The people of Cook County need a state’s attorney who is ready to run the office now, not someone ready to learn on the job.

This is the crucial difference between the two candidates running for the job, career prosecutor Anita Alvarez and Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica.

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May 05, 2008

Anita Names One of Crain’s ‘Women to Watch 2008’

Greg Hinz

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Yes, she’s a self-declared “hockey mom” who’s — yawn — struggling to balance family and career and has taken to wearing a lot of red power suits lately.

She’s also a political novice who made history Feb. 5 by beating five men to become the first woman and Hispanic to win a primary for Cook County state’s attorney.

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March 06, 2008

On Q: With Anita Alvarez, Historic State’s Attorney Candidate

Demetrius Patterson, N'DIGOnline - Ndigo.com

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If you ask Anita Alvarez to describe her life in one word today, she doesn’t hesitate with the answer: “Great!”

Alvarez readily admits that the stars appear to have lined up in her favor –– along with a good work ethic –– to position the assistant state’s attorney as possibly the first woman and Hispanic to serve as Cook County’s State’s Attorney if elected in November.

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February 08, 2008

Digging for an Epiphany on Alvarez

John McCarron, Chicago Tribue - Chicagotribune.com

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I was shoveling snow thinking about the results of the Democratic primary for Cook County state’s attorney, and suddenly it all made sense..

That’s another good thing about shoveling. Something about the rhythmic scrape-and-toss sends me to Zenlike trances of deep thought. For you, it may be a hot shower or a second cocktail. For me, there’s nothing like a cold winter’s morning at the Irish Health Club, alone in my boots, working up a sweat with no dues and no monthly minimums.

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February 07, 2008

Once Counted Out, Alvarez Gets Big Help from Women, Suburbs

Rob Olmstead, Dailyherald.com

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It’s 8 a.m. on the day after elections and some character Anita Alvarez hardly knows is calling her cell phone asking for a job. A few weeks ago, her press secretary, Sally Daly, could barely keep a prominent television political reporter on the phone long enough to say hello.

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