CHICAGO, IL – Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica today announced that he will be the reform candidate for Cook County State's Attorney in 2008.
"It's time for Cook County to have a State's Attorney who puts public safety over politics and prosecutes the rampant corruption fraud that benefits political insiders at the expense of hard-working county residents and taxpayers," said Peraica. "We will audit the books, lock up the crooks, and restore accountability to an office that has failed to protect and serve the people of Cook County."
As Cook County Commissioner, Tony Peraica has been the county's leading voice for reform. He opposed Todd Stroger's recent budget, which protected the county's patronage armies at the expense of vital health clinics and frontline health and public safety workers. He has uncovered millions of dollars in waste, fraud and abuse – and continues his "Sunlight Project" that includes posting the salaries of county employees online – www.CookEmployees.com - for ready public access.
Peraica will focus on bringing accountability to the Cook County State's Attorney's office. He will:
· Fight corruption and fraud in county government;
· Protect our children from predators and offenders;
· Provide superior services to crime victims;
· Strengthen timely prosecution of serious crimes;
· Enforce laws uniformly - free of political influence;
· Protect seniors and the disabled from fraud and scams;
· Audit the books and restore accountability to the office.
"Public safety is our first priority," said Peraica. "And that includes using our subpoena power to investigate and prosecute those political insiders who profit from taxpayer money that should be going to protect and serve the more than 3 million residents of Cook County."
A true American success story, Peraica came to America at the age of 13, after losing both of his parents, and unable to speak a word of English. Despite his circumstances, Tony persevered and lived the great American success story. Now a successful attorney, business owner and Cook County Commissioner – Tony is committed to reforming Cook County government to put an end to the rampant waste, fraud and corruption that enriches political insiders at the expense of Cook County residents and taxpayers.