In her campaign for state’s attorney, Anita Alvarez has played up her 20-plus years of experience as a prosecutor while trying to differentiate herself from the style and record of her boss, current state’s attorney Dick Devine. She’s at it again in today’s Sun-Times, criticizing Devine and his top assistant, Robert Milan, one of her election opponents, for failing to charge a cop with a felony after he beat a man in a wheelchair — the latest apparent example of police misconduct caught on tape and released to the public.
Alvarez has been the number three prosecutor in the state’s attorney’s office for the last several years, but in a recent interview she was even more blunt (brutal?) about how she thinks she stands apart from Devine and Milan. “I do distance myself [from them]. I recognize changes that should be made within our office. And I think that’s the difference between the first assistant and I.”
In case it wasn’t clear enough, she added: “It’s time for a change. It’s time to have someone in there who’s honest and has integrity.”
Which made me wonder: How do these people work together any more?
“I’ve taken a leave of absence,” Alvarez said.