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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June 15, 2012

CRACKING DOWN ON GANG AND GUN VIOLENCE

Anita proposed and drafted a new law that increases criminal penalties for street gang members who are arrested by police with loaded weapons. The measure was signed into law in December of 2009 and is currently in effect throughout the State of Illinois. The new law was named in honor of slain Chicago Police Officer Alejandro Valadez, who was killed in June of 2009 in a drive-by shooting. Defendants convicted under the new law are now given a mandatory prison sentence instead of being eligible for parole. Hundreds of street gang members have been charged under the new law and nearly 90 percent of those cases have resulted in convictions.

Anita returned to the courtroom for the first time since her election as State’s Attorney to personally prosecute the offenders who have been charged with the murder of Officer Valadez. She secured a guilty verdict in the jury trial of the first defendant in September of 2011 and the trials against the two remaining defendants are pending.