Hate crimes a priority for Alvarez as reports continue to decrease

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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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April 07, 2010

Hate crimes a priority for Alvarez as reports continue to decrease

John Flynn Rooney, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

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While reports of hate crimes continue to decline in Chicago and throughout Illinois, prosecutors, police and others must remain committed to prosecuting such crimes, said Cook County State’s Attorney Anita M. Alvarez.

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March 15, 2010

Alvarez addresses Wise Latinas brunch at ECC

Janelle Walker, Sun-Times Media

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When Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez ran for office in 2008, she was told there was no way the county’s voters would elect a woman, let alone a Latina, to lead the second-largest criminal justice system in the U.S.

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February 24, 2010

Alvarez Tells Senators of Child Prostitutes’ Ordeals

Demetrius Patterson, Chicago Tribune - Chicagotribune.com

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Some young Chicagoans are practicing “survival sex” and selling their bodies for food, clothing or a safe place to sleep, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez told a U.S. Senate hearing Wednesday.

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January 15, 2010

Here’s Hoping Flower’s Arrest Brings Reform

SouthtownStar

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Charles Flowers no longer will be able to use his public office as if it were an ATM. On Thursday, the superintendent of the Suburban Cook County Regional Office of Education was arrested and charged with theft by the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

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June 01, 2009

The Art of Balance

Patrick Markey, CBA Magazine

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Anita Alvarez, the first Hispanic female CBA President, is focusing on expanding CBA services. Alvarez, who was elected Cook County State’s Attorney in November 2008, had spent 22 years as a prosecutor before she ran for the top job and bested six Democrats in the primary and then handily won the general election. (more…)

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April 09, 2009

Busting Crooked Pols

Chicago Tribune- Chicagotribune.com

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If you’re a local prosecutor and want to go after gangs or drug dealers, state law gives you an arsenal of powerful weapons. One of the most potent: the ability to eavesdrop on conversations by tapping a telephone.

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March 23, 2009

Reforming Illinois: Who’s listening in? Not county prosecutor – yet

Chicago Sun-Times - Suntimes.com

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Say you’re an ambitious county prosecutor who wants to stamp out political corruption. Say you’ve got solid evidence that a certain politician is a crook, but the only way to really get the goods on him is to listen in on his phone conversations – and you’ve exhausted every other investigative option.

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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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