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Monday, Feb 29, 2016

* Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez wasn’t happy that former Gov. Pat Quinn endorsed her Democratic Party primary rival Kim Foxx

Alvarez’s campaign quickly issued a statement ripping Quinn as a “career politician” and noting that he had previously received campaign donations from Foxx’s political patron and former boss, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Preckwinkle sent $52,500 to Quinn in 2014, state records show. Foxx served as Preckwinkle’s chief of staff until jumping into the state’s attorney’s race.

“To the surprise of no one, career politician Pat Quinn, who has been the beneficiary of hundreds of thousands in campaign spending by Toni Preckwinkle, is now backing her political puppet Kim Foxx,” Mike Carson, campaign manager for Alvarez, said in the statement.

The Alvarez campaign also made it clear they didn’t expect support from Quinn, given that two years ago Alvarez announced a criminal investigation into an anti-violence program run by his administration.

But scroll down to the bottom of the story

But while she fires away at Foxx’s support from insiders, Alvarez enjoys the backing of two of the state’s most powerful political operators: House Speaker Michael Madigan and Chicago Ald. Ed Burke. Both have donated to her past campaigns and are backing her again.

“She’s been independent,” said Carson. “She has some folks who endorse her despite that.”

Yeah. OK.

* Meanwhile

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says her most prominent challenger Kim Foxx showed a “lack of decency” by using some footage of the now-infamous Laquan McDonald shooting video in a new TV campaign ad.

“It is a lack of decency that someone is trying to … gain cheap political points on a death of a young man in the video that shows someone being shot. I don’t find that to be decent. I think it’s appalling,” Alvarez told reporters Wednesday morning after delivering a speech at the City Club of Chicago.

But

Mother of slain teen says Alvarez used her in commercial without permission

Sheesh.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


20 Comments
  1. - VanillaMan - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 10:08 am:

    What else has she got?


  2. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 10:16 am:

    Uh… wouldn’t any politician running for reelection be considered a “career politician”?


  3. - lake county democrat - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 10:16 am:

    If I were Alvarez, I’d -publicize- that Quinn has endorsed Foxx (at least in ads targeting the suburbs).


  4. - D.P.Gumby - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 10:17 am:

    Alvarez is past her “use by” date. Two terms as States Atty in Cook is enough for anyone.


  5. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 10:22 am:

    It’s always funny when politicians pretend that somehow they are not politicians.

    If it’s such a nasty vocation, why do they go all out trying to join the club?


  6. - LizPhairTax - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 10:33 am:

    I have been cutting hair in this storefront adorned with a pole painted with spiraling red and white stripes but I AM NOT A BARBER.

    My opponent, however, is.


  7. - AlabamaShake - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 10:45 am:

    Its kinda’ like how Anita bashed Foxx for using some of the Laquan footage, but then ran an ad using the mother of a victim without that mother’s permission.

    What a joke.


  8. - AlabamaShake - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 10:46 am:

    ** I’d -publicize- that Quinn has endorsed Foxx (at least in ads targeting the suburbs**

    Quinn is still pretty dang popular in Cook County, and especially the city. Going after Foxx for a Quinn endorsement, or promoting Quinn’s endorsement, isn’t going to hep Alvarez.


  9. - Anonymous - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 10:49 am:

    Lets be real. If Foxx were to win Cook County jail will turn into a rehab center. Preckwinkle is a out of touch with crime.


  10. - Roscoe Tom - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 10:57 am:

    Quinn never quits. He wants to run again and doesn’t want to “insult” the Afro American community. Remember no one asked him who he was endorsing since no one cared but Pat the forever candidate once again ventured forward.


  11. - Dougie - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 10:58 am:

    Let’s be real Anonymous you are out of touch with crime. Can you honestly say the war on drugs and “tough on crime” policies have worked?

    They are closing prisons in Europe because of their restorative justice policies.


  12. - crazybleedingheart - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 11:02 am:

    Anita Alvarez attacking the Machine is like
    Bruce Rauner attacking Chicago:

    She’s directly profited from it her entire career,
    It’s the only reason she is where she is today, and Her dwindling friends inside it are her only remaining, lukewarm power base.

    Boy howdy are these people INGRATES.


  13. - crazybleedingheart - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 11:05 am:

    I wonder how Madigan and Burke communicated their gratitude at being mentioned and hid behind at this late, losing date.


  14. - Cheryl44 - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 11:12 am:

    Hey Anonymous, Tom Dart has called County the largest mental health facility in the country.


  15. - Fonzie - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 11:20 am:

    This race between Anita and Kim has jumped the shark, what I don’t understand is Donna More’s candidacy, but I’m interested to see how much it ends up hurting the other two.


  16. - Boone's is Back - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 11:26 am:

    The debate on Sunday was pretty raucous. Anita really hammered Kim, and put her on the defensive from start to finish. I’m curious what polling is like so close to the election now.


  17. - Rich Miller - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 11:30 am:

    ===The debate on Sunday was pretty raucous===

    Did anybody really watch it, tho? Those debates always have very low ratings.


  18. - From the 'Dale to HP - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 11:42 am:

    Question for Alvarez: if you did nothing wrong during the Laquan McDonald investigation, then why is there a “lack of decency” and “appalling” of using footage of the murder?


  19. - @MisterJayEm - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 12:27 pm:

    Question for Alvarez: if you did nothing wrong during the Laquan McDonald investigation, then why is there a “lack of decency” and “appalling” of using footage of the murder?

    Anita Alvarez has been remarkably consistent — from her 13-month ‘investigation’ to this campaign — in doing everything in her power to minimize the number of people who witness that CPD officer shooting Laquan McDonald sixteen times.

    – MrJM


  20. - Johnny Justice - Monday, Feb 29, 16 @ 4:55 pm:

    This is not pot calling kettle black because when it was called to Alvarez’ attention that the mother of a murder victim was in her TV spot without the mother’s permission, she took it off the air & apologized, whereas the Foxx TV spot is apparently still on the air.


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