|Alvarez in 2008|
|Cook County State's Attorney|
|Preceded by||Richard A. Devine|
|Residence||River Forest, Illinois|
Anita Alvarez is the State's Attorney for Cook County, Illinois. Alvarez is the first Hispanic woman elected to this position, after being the first Latina to win the Democratic nomination for state attorney of Cook County.
Legal career and politic career
Prior to attaining this position, Anita Alvarez served as the Chief Deputy of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chief of Staff to Cook County State’s Attorney Richard A. Devine, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Bureau and Supervisor of the Public Integrity Unit.
Cook County State's Attorney Alvarez is defending Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios in a suit against Berrios filed in 2001 by Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard. Blanchard is seeking a response from Berrios to a subpoena requesting documents related to a manager in Berrios' office obtaining two homeowner's exemptions intended for a primary residence. Berrios ignored the subpoena, claiming that the County Inspector General has no authority over him.
Alvarez is interviewed in a 2012 60 Minutes piece entitled "Chicago: The false confession capital". In it, she defends police conduct in two cases involving false confessions where courts vacated the convictions and gave certificates of innocence to the defendants. Despite the courts' actions and the lack of DNA evidence, Alvarez says in the interview, "I don't know whether he committed the crime or not. There are still unanswered questions in both of these cases that I couldn't sit here and tell you today that they're all guilty or they're all innocent." She admits that in one of the rape cases, they did not find any of the boys' DNA on the victim or in the basement of the house where the crime occurred. In the other case, the DNA that was found was matched to a convicted rapist. Peter Neufeld, of the Innocence Project, says prosecutors rejected the new evidence and suggested necrophilia (having sex with a dead person) as a possible explanation for why a convicted rapist's DNA may have come in contact with the victim. Alvarez, in response, says, "It's possible. We have seen cases like that."
2008 General Election
Anita Alvarez was elected as Cook County State's Attorney in November 2008. Alvarez faced two challengers from both the Republican and Green Party in November 2008's general election. The two challengers were Cook County Commissioner for the 16th district Tony Peraica, and the Green Party's Thomas O'Brien.
Past election history
|Howard B. Brookins Jr.||125,000||22.58%|
|Robert J. Milan||27,576||4.98%|
|Tommy H. Brewer||21,289||3.85%|
- Message from the State's Attorney www.statesattorney.org Retrieved: 2010-04-08.
- Chicago Girls Practicing "Survival Sex" www.nbcchicago.com Retrieved: 2010-04-08.
- Friends of Anita Alvarez Purpose: to support Anita Alvarez for public office www.elections.state.il.us Retrieved: 2010-04-08.
- Alvarez sworn in as state's attorney www.chicagobreakingnews.com Retrieved: 2010-04-08.
- Alvarez get Democrat nod for Cook County state's attorney www.dailyherald.com Retrieved: 2010-04-08.
- Alvarez Wins Democratic State's Attorney Race cbs2chicago.com Retrieved: 2010-04-08.
- Mihalopoulos, Dan; Donovan, Lisa (March 18, 2013). "Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios also facing a second court fight in dispute over authority". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- Anita Alvarez www.nationaljournal.com Retrieved: 2010-04-08.