10/17/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gloves Off In State's Attorney Debate

At their very first debate, Cook County state's attorney candidates skipped the honeymoon period and immediately blasted each other as political hacks unfit for the job.

"During the budget debate, I have been in the trenches fighting for the Cook County states attorneys, while my opponent, Ms. Alvarez, was absent from the Board room and did not attend any of the Finance Committee meetings, any of the budget meetings, and never really took a position," Republican nominee Tony Peraica said at the Union League Club debate this morning. "She kind of sits in the background and waits for the dust to settle and then comes out there and pontificates."

Democrat Alvarez hit back: "No I wasn't absent. I was there, Tony, and I can tell you what I was doing when you were cutting my budget and slashing my budget. I had to be the one to go through 900 assistant attorney evaluations and figure out who I had to fire. That's what I was doing in my role as chief deputy. It was one of the lowest points in the 22 years I have been in this office to have to fire 43 assistant state's attorneys."

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