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STEPPED UP EFFORTS TO TACKLE PUBLIC CORRUPTION:
At the outset of her administration, Anita hired a veteran federal prosecutor to help lead efforts to investigate and prosecute cases involving financial, government and public corruption. She reorganized the public corruption and financial crimes units and made fundamental changes to help foster more new case referrals and to enhance partnerships with investigative partners at the federal, state and local levels. As a result of these changes, the State’s Attorney’s Special Prosecutions Bureau has achieved significant improvements in the number and the nature of the public corruption and white collar cases being prosecuted by the office.
More than 90 defendants have been indicted on public corruption and professional standards cases since State’s Attorney Alvarez assumed office.
Anita also launched “Operation Cookie Jar,” an ongoing effort to target public or government employees who have violated the public trust at the local level, including thefts from park districts, local village boards and township government. This ongoing initiative has already resulted in multiple Class X sentences against defendants.