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Special Prosecutions Bureau

Cases handled by the Special Prosecutions Bureau involve long-term investigations that are supervised by experienced prosecutors with specialized knowledge and experience.

State's Attorney Alvarez has put a greater emphasis on this bureau by hiring former federal prosecutor Jack Blakey to head the specialized investigations that attack the core operations of sophisticated criminal enterprises, including public corruption. Although such cases often require lengthy investigations, they have the potential for a greater, long-term impact on how our community regards law enforcement because they show the office’s intolerance for corruption and its pursuit of dishonest public officials.

Specially trained prosecutors and State's Attorney's Office investigators from this bureau have handled a number of high-profile and sophisticated investigations in this field.

One recent example is their work involving corruption in the President’s Office of Employment Training. Prosecutors secured the conviction in 2009 of Shirley Glover. She was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from a job-training program she oversaw. Glover had been put in charge of the $14 million county program even though she had a lengthy felony history.

In addition, this bureau has handled the prosecution of police officers for crimes ranging from murder to official misconduct. Over the past dozen years, the office has prosecuted more than 150 police officers. In the past year, federal authorities joined the office’s investigation into the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Special Operations. That investigation has resulted in charges against nine officers.