Cook County State’s Attorney

Cook County Prosecutor Fired For Lying About Cop Shooting Case A Cook County prosecutor has been fired after allegations he lied under oath over his handling of the investigation into the shooting of a Chicago police officer three-years ago.
Alvarez: Journalists' Slayings Highlight Need For Universal Background ChecksCook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said the televised shootings of reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward heightened the need to find better ways to prevent the mentally ill from buying guns.
Best Buy 'Geek Squad' Helps Cops Bust Man With Child Porn On ComputerPatrick Kearney dropped off computer equipment at a Best Buy store on July 8, asking that media from his original computer be transferred to a new machine. Best Buy “Geek Squad” employees noticed file folders with suspicious-sounding names, prosecutors said.
Scam Artists Follow Hail Storms, Authorities WarnThe key here is for homeowners not to let contractors take advantage of them at a time when they may be vulnerable. CBS 2's Pam Zekman reports.
Cook County Creates New Court To Focus On Prostitution, Human Trafficking CasesWith the stroke of a pen, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans set June 1 as the start of the new Prostitution and Trafficking Intervention Court. Evans said state law already treats prostitution as a misdemeanor, and not a felony. The new intervention court takes that approach a step further.
Cook County Officials Agree Too Many Minor Criminals End Up In JailFour top Cook County officials offered a wide spectrum of opinions Thursday as they talked about resolving problems in the criminal justice system, though all agreed too many people charged with minor crimes end up locked up in jail.
Attorney: "Very Disturbing" That Officer Not Charged With Murder In Death Of Rekia BoydA longtime criminal defense attorney said Monday’s acquittal of a Chicago police officer in the off-duty shooting of an unarmed woman appears to be the result of prosecutors giving the officer a break.
Cook County Prosecutors To Focus On Treatment Over Prison For Small-Time Drug CasesState’s Attorney Anita Alvarez was scheduled to announce reforms to how her office handles minor drug cases, including dismissal of all future misdemeanor marijuana cases. The move also is expected to cover how prosecutors handle cases involving small amounts of other drugs; including ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin.
Brothers Get Prison In Burr Oak Grave Scandal Two former Burr Oak Cemetery workers found guilty of desecrating bodies at the historic southwest suburban cemetery were both sentenced to prison Friday.
Prosecutors, Police, Advocates Team Up To Focus On Rape Cases“One of the priorities of this new working group will be to address the challenges that discourage our victims from reporting sexual assault,” said Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
After Windows Smashed Outside Daycare, Parents Want Suspect Charged With FelonySeveral parents who have children in a daycare center in LaGrange Highlands have banded together to ask prosecutors to file more serious charges against the man who allegedly smashed several car windows in the parking lot this week, fearing his behavior will grow more violent.
Quinn Commutes Sentence Of Man Convicted Of Lying In Murder CaseGov. Pat Quinn commuted the sentence of a man recently imprisoned for lying in a murder case — and also commuted the sentences of a man convicted of killing a 77-year-old woman, a man convicted of shooting police officers and a man convicted of killing a college basketball standout — all in the governor’s final day in office.