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Criminal Prosecutions Bureau

Though the State's Attorney's Office performs many functions, prosecuting criminal cases has always been at the core of this complex office. The ASAs in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau handle all aspects of more than 30,000 felony cases and several hundred thousand misdemeanor cases each year. We take great pride in the fact that our assistants are the best-trained prosecutors in the country, dedicated to serving the people of Cook County through the honest, aggressive prosecution of crime. The Criminal Prosecutions Bureau is led by Shauna Boliker, a veteran prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience in the Cook County criminal courts system. She previously served in the Office as the Supervisor of the Sex Crimes Division and the Supervisor in Traffic.

Each day our ASAs in the 32 felony courtrooms at 26th & California and in the felony trial court rooms in our suburban court houses prosecute the most serious crimes in our community, including criminal violence that kills or maims. In recent years, there have been subtle but significant changes in these courtrooms. Our prosecutors now frequently deal with new and complex issues, such as the use of DNA evidence and videotaped interrogations, as well as an ever-changing body of criminal law. Perhaps most importantly, the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau handles capital cases dealing with our most horrific crimes and violent criminals. The final decision on whether to seek the death penalty rests with State’s Attorney Alvarez after consulting with her top supervisors. In the fall of 2002, the Office had perhaps its finest hour when scores of our prosecutors presented their cases in the historic Clemency Hearings on more than 80 Death Row inmates convicted in Cook County.

Among the notable prosecutions handled recently by this bureau was the sentencing on July 21, 2009 of Steven Zirko to life in prison for the 2004 double murders of a Glenview woman and her mother. ASA Bob Heilingoetter spearheaded the prosecution that used cell phone records to help secure the conviction.

In May, Antoine Larkins was sentenced to 21 years in prison for robbing former NBA star Antoine Walker in his River North garage in 2007. ASA Andreana Turano handled the plea deal before Judge Kenneth Wadas.