Alvarez Vows to Watch Election Closely

State's attorney seeks "persons of interest" in investigation of election activity

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    Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez promises “zero tolerance” for breaking election laws this Tuesday – but at a news conference Sunday, she revealed her office is already investigating illegal election activity.

    Such activity can range from the blatant to the bizarre – including an incident Alvarez hinted at in which an aldermanic candidate who is a masseuse apparently offered free massages to voters.

    Alvarez: Aldermanic Candidate Offered Voters Massages

    [CHI] Alvarez: Aldermanic Candidate Offered Voters Massages
    Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez says she's already had to deal with one complaint where a candidate for alderman, who is a masseuse, was offering massages to voters. (Published Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011)

    Alvarez said her office “was able to act on” the complaint against that unnamed aldermanic candidate, and vowed to deploy 200 lawyers as poll watchers in all of Chicago’s wards, to make sure election laws are upheld.

    “Considering we’ve already gotten over 100 complaints before the election, I think it’s important we remind everybody what the rules are,” Alvarez said. “You can’t trade certain things for votes.”

    Alvarez said her office wants to speak with four “persons of interest” in connection with an ongoing investigation into election law violations, but did not provide details. Those people are Arthur Hardy, Jr., Jerri Tines, Carey “Bishop” Sparks, and Marva Harris.

    If you want to file a complaint related to election activity, call the State’s Attorney’s Election Hotline at (312) 603-7960.