Cook County State's Attorney's office up for grabs in 2008

Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine won't run for re-election
By Associated Press
Posted Friday, August 10, 2007

Dick Devine says he won't run for a fourth term as Cook County state's attorney.
The 64-year-old says he loves the job and will miss it very much. But he says it's time to move on.
Devine was elected as the county's top prosecutor in November 1996 and took office the following month.
He has personally prosecuted several recent high-profile cases, including the conviction of Juan Luna in the Brown's Chicken and Pasta massacre.
Devine says he plans to continue to run the office, which has more than 900 prosecutors, until his term ends.

A very interesting Cook County State's Attorney election ready to start

Richard Devine's announcement Friday that he would not seek re-election to a fourth term next year touched off a scramble by hopefuls who will be vying for the job in what for now looks like a wide-open field. 'No matter who we endorse, some of these people have already said if they don't get endorsed they're going to run anyway,' said Joseph Berrios, chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party. 'It's going to be a free-for-all when it's all said and done.'

The Democratic primary election Feb. 5 is shaping up to be the most competitive since Daley beat Ald. Edward Burke in 1980 to win the party's nomination. Daley went on to upset Bernard Carey in the general election.

More than a half-dozen Democrats are publicly proclaiming interest in the job, a mixture of well-known political names and behind-the-scenes career prosecutors from within the office.

But the state's attorney's job is one office where Republicans can't be so easily written off in heavily Democratic Cook County. Carey (1972-80) and O'Malley (1990-96) each held the office for two terms. County Commissioner Tony Peraica (R-Riverside), who has worked to build his profile in recent years, is gearing up for a shot at the office.

Peraica, who waged a vigorous campaign for county board president last fall but lost to Todd Stroger, is expected to announce his candidacy next week. He said public corruption should be an important issue in the campaign.

'Any Democrat that is backed by the regular Democratic machine in the County of Cook is going to be a caretaker and a person that will be expected to toe the line, sweep these things under the rug and not do anything controversial,' Peraica said.

A number of prospective Democratic candidates said Friday they would not shy from investigating legitimate allegations of public corruption, but some stressed that the office is about more than handling one issue.

Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), Ald. Thomas Allen (38th) and County Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston) have said they are in the race.

Other Democrats who are considering a run include: Sheriff Tom Dart, Treasurer Maria Pappas, County Commissioner Mike Quigley, Board of Review Commissioner Larry Rogers Jr., attorney Tommy Brewer, and top Devine aides Bob Milan and Anita Alvarez.


  1. SP Biloxi said...
    And I hope the next candidate will help clean up the mess in Cook county. Obviously, Urkel is not doing a heckvajob!
    SP Biloxi said...
    Chicago Native:

    Here is some highlights from your State Fair. I don't blame you for going.

    From the Chicago Times:

    Mayor Daley waved from a float, Todd Stroger from a baby blue Bentley and Sen. Barack Obama from a silver Mustang with his wife, Michelle.

    Urkel was in an expensive car. People in Cook county can't eat but the clown can look good for the folks at the fair.

    The clown better take a look at his own backyard:

    HEALTH CARE | Breast screening exams suspended as Stroller Hospital faces backlog of unread mammograms
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    There are many physcians at CC hospital quitting, things are going to get a lot worse, the moral is horrendous, the skeletan staff of nurses, CNA's etc is unbelievable. Remember that CC (Stroller Hosp) is a teaching hospital which is a lot of work on Attending Physcians for the House Staff (students) all nurses, healthcare workers, clerks etc., lab staff etc., have to help teach the House Staff and it's a lot of work. Many of the House Staff have very poor English making this even harder.
    Ya, the State Fair is a big political event in this State, and this State is lucky that Springfield where the State Capital is, is a town with a lot to do.
    SP Biloxi said...
    So many problems with Stroller Hospital and employees. Feel bad for the CC people with little, no, and with health insurance that have to deal with a hospital with skeleton crew.

    Sounds like showtime for the politicans at the fair. Fairs are spposed to be fun and relaxation. They should have leacve the politics at home. I wouldn't go if I were in Springfield.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    The fair might be the only time Blago goes to Springfield.

    Speaking of which, has that dude signed the budget yet or is he still having a temper tantrum?
    SP Biloxi said...
    Go find out kittybowtie and fill in the potholes for us. ;-)
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Hmmm, if Peraica became Cook County State's Attorney, then I believe he would have the authority to poke around into what the Toddler has been doing.

    Things could get interesting . . . .
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Hmmm, if Peraica became Cook County State's Attorney, then I believe he would have the authority to poke around into what the Toddler has been doing."

    Yes, that would be interesting...

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