Chicago area’s top prosecutor under scrutiny before primary

CHICAGO (AP) — Long before she came under scrutiny for delaying charges against a white police officer in a black teen’s death, Anita Alvarez faced other questions as the Chicago area’s top prosecutor.

Critics say she was resistant to overturning wrongful convictions in a county with a troubled history. Others argue she lagged behind in finding alternative ways of prosecuting and sentencing low-level offenders as jails remained overcrowded.

Now Alvarez is on the defensive as she fights for a third term as Cook County state’s attorney.

Two Democratic primary challengers have seized those themes ahead of the March 15 race that questions an urban prosecutor’s role.

They are Kim Foxx, a former chief aide to the county board president, and former prosecutor Donna More.