State's Attorney Candidates Clash At Debate

11/24/2008 05:12 am 05:12:01 | Updated May 25, 2011

he three Cook County state's attorney hopefuls weighed in on the recent federal indictment of former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge in a televised debate Thursday that at times got testy.

Republican Tony Peraica took the opportunity to accuse his rivals, career prosecutors Thomas O'Brien and Anita Alvarez, of remaining mum on the Burge case during their two decades in the state's attorney's office.

"Innocent men were tortured in our county, and both of these folks who've been there for over 20 years working in tandem with each other have done absolutely nothing," Peraica said during the debate sponsored by WLS-Channel 7 and the League of Women Voters of Cook County.

Watch excerpts from the debate:

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