By SAM RAPPAPORT
Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Donna More is setting herself apart from her opponents by criticizing their political ties.
While speaking at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP), 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., Wednesday afternoon, More argued for the importance of a genuinely independent State’s Attorney’s office.
Earlier in January, the Cook County Democratic Party endorsed Kim Foxx, More’s opponent in the March 15 primary election. That announcement of support was due in large part to the political influence of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who has been an advocate for Foxx and an outspoken critic of incumbent Anita Alvarez.
In a clear reference to Alvarez and her handling of the Laquan McDonald case, More spoke on the repercussions of a State’s Attorney that is accountable to politicians and not the public.
“When you base decisions on influence and not evidence,” More said, “you get some bad results. You get cover ups, video tapes that aren’t released, and you get charges that aren’t brought for months and months and months….Both of my opponents are tied to albeit different political bosses, but political bosses none the same.”
More asserted that she has the ability to raise money and run a campaign without the political backing of establishment democrats.
“I can run this race without any political person supporting me.” She said. “The public is who I’m accountable to.”
A week prior to hosting More, the IOP invited Foxx to speak. The IOP’s Executive Director, Steve Edwards, said that the institute is is very close to securing Alvarez for a speaking engagement in February.