Race for state's attorney close

With more than 80 percent of the precincts counted, the race for the Democratic nomination in the Cook County state's attorney's race was too close to call nearly three hours after the polls had closed Tuesday.

But one thing seemed clear: voters had rejected State's Attorney Richard Devine's recommendation as to who should succeed him when he retires next year after three terms.

Devine endorsed his first assistant Robert Milan, passing over his chief deputy Anita Alvarez.

But at 9:30 p.m. Alvarez was in front with a narrow lead over Alderman Tom Allen, with 115,001 votes to Allen's 107,973.  Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. had 99,165 votes.

County commissioner Larry Suffredin was in fourth place with 90,549 votes. Milan was a distant fifth,with 22,129 votes.  Chicago criminal defense lawyer Tommy Brewer was fifth with 17,301 votes.

The winner of the primary will face County Commissioner Tony Peraica in the general election in November.

The race pitted two seasoned prosecutors, Alvarez and Milan, against a field of seasoned political candidates.

Public corruption and police brutality scandals, including the torture cases involving former Chicago police commander Jon Burge, figured prominently in the campaign.

Andrew Peck contributed to this report.