Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez (pictured in 2012) | Sun-Times file photo
Updated: November 8, 2013 6:01AM
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has taken more than $140,000 in campaign contributions in the past five years from lawyers and firms who go up against her office seeking property-tax refunds for their clients, records show.
As the lawyers for the Cook County treasurer’s office, Alvarez and her staff have fought hundreds of cases filed by attorneys seeking property-tax refunds. Those attorneys frequently end up working out settlements with Alvarez’s office to resolve their cases.
Despite the potential conflict of interests, a lawyer for Friends of Anita Alvarez, the state’s attorney’s campaign fund, says Alvarez’s actions in accepting campaign contributions from her legal adversaries are lawful.“State and local campaign-finance laws permit attorneys and other citizens to make campaign contributions,” attorney James P. Nally says, “and the Alvarez campaign is in full compliance with all such campaign-finance laws.”