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