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Devine won’t run again
Prosecutor headed to private sector

Saturday, August 11, 2007
Daily Herald
by Eric Krol

Democratic Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine won’t seek a fourth term next year, deciding instead to cash out in the private sector before retirement.
“It’s time to turn the page and begin a new chapter, whatever chapter that is,” the chief prosecutor said at a Friday morning news conference. “It’s essentially an economic decision. I am 64. I have not over the years salted a great deal away.”
Devine stressed that he didn’t have a new job lined up but would serve out his term.
A longtime friend of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Devine served as first assistant state’s attorney when Daley held that office. Devine claimed it for his own in 1996 when he upset Republican Jack O’Malley, who is now a state appellate judge living in McHenry County. Devine briefly thought about running for governor in 2002 and 2006 but mostly focused on running the office, the job he always wanted.
His office put out a release noting Devine prosecuted 140 police officers during his tenure. The release did not mention Devine was running the office as Daley’s top aide in the 1980s when then-Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge was torturing crime suspects, most of them black, and some of whom ended up on death row for crimes they didn’t commit. The state’s attorney’s office did not investigate Burge despite being asked to do so, according to news accounts.
Earlier this year, Devine successfully prosecuted Juan Luna for murder for the 1993 Palatine Brown’s Chicken & Pasta case. And this summer, Devine battled Cook County Board Chairman Todd Stroger to get his prosecutors a raise.
Potential Democratic candidates for the Feb. 5 primary include county Sheriff Tom Dart, several county board members, and the already announced Chicago Alderman Howard Brookins. On the Republican side, County Commissioner Tony Peraica plans to jump in the race next week. Peraica lost to Stroger for county board chairman last November.

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