Political neophyte Anita Alvarez, 48, a career prosecutor who has put away gang members and rapists, was the come-from-behind winner of the Democratic primary for Cook County prosecutor in Chicago on Tuesday, defeating five men, including three officeholders. If elected, says the Chicago Sun-Times, she would be the first woman — and the first Hispanic –state’s attorney in Cook County history. Alvarez calls herself a “baseball mom” and a “hockey mom.”
Alvarez led the prosecution in the notorious Girl X case. In 1997, convicted sex offender Patrick Sykes raped, beat and strangled the 9-year-old, then sprayed roach poison down her throat. Alvarez won a conviction, and Sykes got 120 years. Alvarez is one election away from succeeding Dick Devine as head of the second-largest prosecutor’s office in the country. To claim the job, she must defeat Republican Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica in November.