2016 State's Attorney

Voter Guide

Vote by Tuesday, March 15th

State’s Attorney

What She or He Does

Cook County’s State’s Attorney is the chief prosecutor for the second-largest county in the United States. They are responsible for prosecuting crime and protecting civil liberties. A State’s Attorney can hold police accountable for their actions and recommend sentencing lengths.

Anita Alvarez

Endorsed By:

  • Ald. Ed Burke, Chair of Finance Committee
  • Cook County Commissioner John Daley
  • Chicago Financial Enterprises

Kim Foxx

Endorsed By:

  • Ald. Roderick Sawyer, Chair of Black Caucus
  • Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia
  • Cook County Democratic Party

Donna More

Endorsed By:

  • Ald. Brendan Reilly
  • Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey
  • Defense Attorney Sam Adam Jr.

Where They Stand

Stopping prosecutions of low level, non-violent drug offenses? Yes Yes N/A
Should homan square detention center be shut down? N/A Yes N/A
Appointing an independent prosecutor to investigate all local police-involved shootings? No Yes No
Bringing criminal charges against police officers who falsify or file misleading official reports? N/A Yes Yes
Supporting an elected civilian police accountability council for purposes of investigating police misconduct in relation to officers keeping their jobs? No Yes No
Should murder charges have been brought faster than 400 days against the police officer who shot laquan mcdonald? No Yes Yes


This independent voter guide is designed to give you the quickest, most essential information for E-Day. A candidates’ fitness for office should be judged on a variety of qualifications that go beyond their responses to the questions contained in the guide.

How Do I Vote?

What You’ve Gotta Bring

To avoid issues on Election Day, or if you are a first time voter, we recommend you bring some form of identification. Options for what you can bring to prove identity and residency:

  • Current bank statement with name and address
  • Current utility bill with name and address
  • Recent government check with name and address
  • Valid and current state ID issued by the Illinois Secretary of State
  • Recent paycheck with name and address
  • Recent government document that shows the name and address
  • Current school or college ID card
  • Copy of a current and valid photo ID

Get Registered

If you are not already registered to vote, you may use grace period voter registration from February 17 through February 28. Grace period registration and voting will be offered only at the Chicago Board of Elections at 69 W. Washington. For first time voters, please bring 2 forms of ID which shows your current address.

Early Voting

From February 29 through March 12, all 51 Early Voting sites will be open Monday through Saturday from 9am - 5pm. Go to chicagoelections.com to find a location near you. Please bring a government photo ID during early voting. For both “Grace Period” and “Early Voting” you will register and vote in the same day.

To find polling locations for Election Day or early voting go to chicagoelections.com

Know Your Voting Rights

If you see something off at your polling location, report it to the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law's Election Protection: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

If you are in line by 7pm, you cannot be turned away from your polling location. You have the right to stay in line until you cast your ballot.

Bring your child (under 18) into the voting booth with you.

You can vote at your old polling location if you have moved within 30 days of the election.

You can bring a sample ballot into the polling booth to reference.

If you have a felony, you are allowed to register and vote in the state of Illinois.

Any voter registered in the City of Chicago may use any Early Voting site in the city, regardless of where the voter lives.

If the Election Judge challenges a voter based on a mismatch of signatures or if the voter does not appear on the voter roll, ask the Election Judge to check the “supplemental” poll list. You can also ask to fill out a provisional ballot.

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