12/04/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

State's Attorney Candidates Get Religion

The Democratic and Republican candidates for Cook County state's attorney delivered their closing arguments Sunday, visiting churches in high-crime Chicago neighborhoods to woo voters before Tuesday's election.

Speaking separately before congregations in West Englewood and North Austin, the candidates largely stuck to their scripts. Democrat Anita Alvarez touted her 22 years of experience as a prosecutor and vowed to fight gangs, guns and drugs, while Republican Tony Peraica sought to paint himself as a reformer who would end the corruption that he said distracts from public safety and leads to higher taxes.

Peraica, speaking to a mostly African-American audience, promised to hire a black person as his top deputy, apparently an attempt to challenge the minority support for Alvarez, who would be the first Hispanic and first woman to hold the post.

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