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September 13, 2012

State’s Attorney Alvarez (left) presented the 2012 Community Empowerment Award to Phillip Jackson, Executive Director of the Black Star Project for their innovative programs that engage and inspire students, parents and communities to improve educational outcomes.  The award was presented during the 4th Annual Unity Conference, held in commemoration of Unity Month.

March 13, 2012

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez welcomed the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Queen Sara Collins and the Queen’s Court to her office as the entourage made their annual visit to local dignitaries to personally invite them to participate in the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Pictured, left to right are: Mary Kate Casey, Bridget Fitzgerald, State’s Attorney Alvarez, Queen Sara Collins, Lauren Catinella and Lauren Corry.

September 7, 2011

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez (right) presents the 2011 Community Empowerment Award to Katherine Kaufka Walts, Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University for their efforts to protect children from trafficking, both locally and globally.  The award was presented during the State’s Attorney’s 3rd Annual Unity Conference held in commemoration of Unity Month.

August 24 , 2011

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is joined by law enforcement officials as she announces charges against nine gang members in Operation “Little Girl Lost,” the nation’s first ever state-based wiretap investigation targeting the crime of human trafficking.  For more information, click here.

March 10, 2011

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez welcomed 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Queen Sarah Gorecki and the Queen’s Court to her office as the entourage made their annual visit to local dignitaries to personally invite them to participate in the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez with the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Queen and her court during their annual visit to local dignitaries’ offices.  Pictured, left to right, are:  Sara Collins, Kelley McKenna, State’s Attorney Alvarez, Queen Sarah Gorecki, Peg Flisk and Erin Mulcahy.

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez with members of the Shannon Rovers during their annual St. Patrick’s Day visit to local dignitaries’ offices.

March 3, 2011

State’s Attorney Alvarez (center) with the Honorable Sheila Murphy, retired Circuit Court Judge (left) and the Honorable Joy V. Cunningham, Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, at a recent interfaith prayer breakfast hosted by the Chicago Bar Association.  State’s Attorney Alvarez is the immediate past president of the CBA.

March 1, 2011

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez (left) congratulates Zeophus (Zee) Williams on her appointment as Chairwoman of the Illinois Child Support Advisory Committee. (For more information, click here.)

March 1, 2011

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Governor Pat Quinn with representatives from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association at a recent bill signing ceremony where Gov. Quinn signed legislation that will help protect businesses against organized retail theft.
(For more information, click here.)

February 4, 2011

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez discussed the importance of the John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program, which assists prosecutors and public defenders in paying down their law school debt, at a recent press conference hosted by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.
(For more information, click here.)

December 8, 2010

State’s Attorney Alvarez accepts a donation from representatives of the Target Corporation which will be used to fund operations of the new Cook County State’s Attorney’s Regional Organized Crime Task Force.  Pictured with Alvarez (center) are members of the Target Investigative Team: (left to right) Nathan Watson, Seth Hughes, Assistant State’s Attorney David Williams, Al Moriarty and Bob Lawson. (For more information, click here.)

October 30, 2010


State’s Attorney Alvarez participated in “Carrera de los Muertos,” the Race of the Dead, an annual 5K in the Pilsen neighborhood.

October 29, 2010


U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently toured Anne’s House, a new residential facility in the Chicago area that will provide long-term services and treatment to young girls who become victims of sex trafficking.

September 15 , 2010


State’s Attorney Alvarez announced charges against six individuals in the second round of “Operation Cookie Jar,” an ongoing investigative operation targeting public or government employees accused of theft or other financial crimes at the local level.  Pictured with  Alvarez (from left to right): Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (left), Jack Blakey, Chief, Special Prosecutions Bureau, State’s Attorney’s Office and Jim Burns, Inspector General, Secretary of State’s Office. Click here for more information.

September 8, 2010


State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez presented the Community Empowerment Award to Adam Alonzo, Director of Corazón Community Services during the State’s Attorney’s 2nd Annual Unity Conference, held in commemoration of Unity Month.  Corazón Community Services provides programs for families, youth and children aimed at improving the quality of life while being presented in a culturally sensitive environment.

August 23, 2010


State's Attorney Anita Alvarez recently met with visitors from South Africa during their tour of the Cook County Juvenile Court Center.


Pictured (left to right) are:  Mpho Malaoa, Malibongwe Women’s Development Organization;  State’s Attorney Alvarez; Beatrice Truter, Councilwoman, Women’s Development Issues; and Leonard Maart, Chairman, Community Police Forum and Pastor of Presbyterian Church Elsies River.

August 20, 2010


State’s Attorney Alvarez addressed the audience during a bill signing ceremony and thanked Governor Pat Quinn for signing the Illinois Safe Children  Act.  The bill, drafted by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, revolutionizes the way Illinois law enforcement addresses the human trafficking of children under the age of 18. For more information on the Illinois Safe Children Act, click here.

July 22, 2010


Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez accepts the Maestro Award for Latina Leadership during a ceremony in downtown Chicago. 

The first female, first Latina and first career prosecutor to hold the position of Cook County State’s Attorney, Latino Leaders Magazine described Alvarez as a trailblazer who continues to make history and open doors for Latinas.

July 22, 2010


Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez addresses the media during a press conference held to announce the results of a joint investigation between Federal and State authorities into gun trafficking and gangs.  Also pictured (l-r) are Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and Robert Grant, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Chicago Field Office.  To read the press release on the FBI’s website, click HERE. 

May 23 , 2010


State’s Attorney Alvarez appeared on the ABC 7 Sunday morning show “News Views” to discuss new initiatives to combat gun violence, local corruption and human trafficking.

May 18 , 2010


Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez greets retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at a legal luncheon in Chicago for the Chicago Bar Association.  Alvarez, who is the President of the CBA, introduced Justice O’Connor, who was the keynote speaker for the event.

May 4, 2010


Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez led “Team Alvarez” at the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s 6th Annual Run to Remember held on Chicago’s lakefront on Saturday, May 1, 2010. State’s Attorney Alvarez dedicated her run to the memory of fallen CPD Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez, who was killed by gang members in a drive by shooting in 2009.

April 30, 2010


Pictured, left to right, are: Stephen Luzinski, Acting Special Agent in Charge, DEA,
ASA Bronwyn Sears, State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, ASA Patrick Coughlin and ASA Andy Maloney.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez (center) congratulates three Assistant State’s Attorneys who were recently honored by the Chicago Office of the DEA for their work on a 2009 multi-agency narcotics investigation.

April 21, 2010

State's Attorney Alvarez Honors "Unsung Heroes"
In the Fight for Justice


Pictured, left to right, are:  Ursula Villatoro, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez,
Karli Butler and Palatine Police Chief John Koziol.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently honored individuals at the Victim Service Awards, a ceremony held in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

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March 17, 2010

State's Attorney Alvarez Addresses
Wise Latinas Brunch at ECC


(photo credit: Michael Smart)

 

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March 11, 2010

2010 St. Patrick's Day Queen Visits State's Attorney

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez welcomed 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Queen Kerry Ann Brennan and the Queen’s Court  to her office as the entourage made their annual visit to local dignitaries to personally invite them to participate in the 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez with the 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Queen, the Queen’s Court and members of the Shannon Rovers during their annual St. Patrick’s Day visit to local dignitaries’ offices.

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez with the 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Queen, the Queen’s Court and members of the Shannon Rovers during their annual St. Patrick’s Day visit to local dignitaries’ offices.

March 7, 2010

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez (center) with Orli Gil, Counsel General of Israel (left) and Howard Kaplan, Chairman of the Hate Crimes Prosecution Council.

February 23, 2010

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez congratulates 2010 C.F. Stradford Award winners Illinois Appellate Court Justice Sharon Johnson Coleman (left) and Illinois Appellate Court Justice Bertina E. Lampkin (right).

February 2, 2010

Congratulations to James Fitzgerald on his recent retirement following a distinguished 25-year legal career in the State’s Attorney’s Criminal Appeals Division. During the course of his career Jim handled thousands of criminal appeals and argued before the Illinois Supreme Court on nearly 50 occasions.

December 14, 2009

The employees of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office understand the real meaning of the holidays! Thanks to all our employees who provided early presents to the children of Henson Elementary School on Chicago's West Side.

December 9th, 2009

Alvarez v. Smith
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is pleased to announce the US Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of an Illinois law aimed at stripping drug dealers of their property. Congratulations to Assistant State’s Attorney’s Paul Castiglione and Alan Spellberg for their hard work on this case.

December 2, 2009

Congratulations to the members of the Child Support Enforcemcent Unit who were recently presented with the Best Local Collaboration Award for their work improving the management of interstate and international child support enforcement.

Novemeber 25, 2009

Congratulations to Investigator Brian Killacky who was recently awarded the J. Pat Finley Child Protection Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the United States Department of Justice and the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children.

Saturday, October 31 , 2009

State’s Attorney Alvarez finished 79th in a field of 511 women who ran in the UNO 5K, Carrera de los Muertos, “Race of the Dead,” with a time of 27 minutes and 34 seconds.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Twentieth Annual Homicide Victims Memorial Service will be held at the UIC Forum on Saturday, Nov. 21. The program brings together families and loved ones of homicide and reckless homicide victims, as well as concerned citizens from all over Cook County for a program that includes music, prayer, a memorial tribute, and a light lunch.

The program’s activities are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with a Victim Resource Fair. The program begins at 11 a.m. with an introductory blessing and opening remarks by State’s Attorney Alvarez. After the opening remarks, a number of survivors share their thoughts, experiences and insight with those attending the memorial to offer empathic and inspirational words of encouragement and hope.

The hour-long afternoon program begins at 12 p.m. and will include music, refreshments, as well as The Victim Resource Fair. In addition, a Homicide Support Group will be provided from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The homicide victim memorial photo boards will also be on display.

If you would like to get involved with this year’s memorial service, contact the Victim Witness Assistance Program at (773) 869-7200.

Thursday, September 30, 2009

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez hosted the first Unity in the Community conference on Sept. 30 at the UIC Forum at 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., as part of her efforts to reach out to community leaders to spread the word in the county’s towns and neighborhood about what services the Office offers.

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CBS2 Chicago


State's Attorney Cracking Down On Local Corruption


March 5, 2010
A crackdown on local corruption has netted everyone from a city treasurer with sticky fingers to a financial manager who stole funds earmarked for special education students. CBS 2's Roseanne Tellez has more on "Operation Cookie Jar."

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Hate crimes a priority for Alvarez as reports continue to decrease

March 17, 2010
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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Hate crimes a priority for Alvarez as reports continue to decrease

March 11, 2010
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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Alvarez Tells Senators of Child Prostitutes' Ordeals

Victims, Not Criminals

February 24, 2010
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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SouthtownStar Editorial

Here's Hoping Flowers Arrest Brings Reform

January 15, 2010
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has earned the gratitude of taxpayers for using the powers of her office to crack down on public corruption.

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Chicago Tribune Letters To The Editor

Tackling Public Corruption

October 9, 2009
The Sept. 28 editorial "Stroger and a subpoena" encouraged the Cook County state's attorney's office to "push hard" in our efforts to tackle government corruption and continue to work to break a pattern in which it seems only federal authorities aggressively pursue possible cases of corruption in county government.

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Chicago Tribune Letters To The Editor

Level crime-fighting playing field

June 19, 2009
The General Assembly has left Illinois in the dark ages by refusing time and again to give its prosecutors the same tools used for generations in other states (and the federal system) to fight organized criminal groups. For example, in Illinois, an undercover officer in the state system cannot make a consent-based recording ("wear a wire") without first filing a sworn statement explaining the equivalent of probable cause that a certain crime is being committed. In this way, state investigators are stuck in a classic "Catch-22" wherein they cannot use the very device designed to reveal probable cause -- unless they already have the probable cause.

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Alvarez becomes president of Chicago bar group

June 18, 2009 CHICAGO -
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is set to become the first sitting state’s attorney to lead the Chicago Bar Association.

Alvarez will be sworn in as president of the Chicago Bar Association at the group’s annual meeting.

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Cook prosecutors open Far North Side branch

May 8, 2009
Cook County State's Atty. Anita Alvarez has opened an office on Chicago's Far North Side to prosecute local crime.

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Chicago Tribune - Editorial

Busting Crooked Pols
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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Chicago Sun-Times Editorial

Reforming Illinois: Who's listening in?

March 23, 2009
Not county prosecutor - yet. 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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Proposal pushes for stolen gun notification
By Dan Carden dcarden@dailyherald.com

SPRINGFIELD -- A proposal requiring Illinois gun owners to report a lost or stolen gun to police within 72 hours or face the possible loss of their right to own a gun was approved by an Illinois House committee Wednesday.

Proponents claim the plan will reduce gun crime and help police by making it easier to stop gun trafficking, trace stolen guns and prosecute people who steal guns.

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GLBT applause-o-meter rings, and pols listen
- Laura Washington

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.

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