01/01/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Anita Alvarez Sworn In As State's Attorney

Anita Alvarez, the first woman and Hispanic to be elected Cook County state's attorney, took her oath of office today.

Alvarez pledged to use the full force of her office when necessary but to temper power with compassion.

"The office wields great power and holds tremendous responsibility in protecting the public trust," Alvarez said moments after being sworn into office by Circuit Judge Joseph Urso in the Chicago Cultural Center. "The citizens of Cook County can be assured that I will use all those powers with great force when necessary. But I also vow to lead the office with other important characteristics that I have learned along my journey, which are fairness and compassion."

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