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Hicken Announces Candidacy for Cook Co. Attorney

Updated: 04/25/2014 10:56 AM
Created: 04/25/2014 10:44 AM WDIO.com

Assistant Cook County Attorney Molly Hicken has announced she is running for the top prosecutor spot in the fall.

Her boss, Tim Scannell, has faced multiple problems since December of 2011, when he was shot in the courthouse after a trial. 

According to police, Hicken helped save Scannell that day, by trying to wrestle the gun away from the shooter.

Scannell has been on medical leave since October of 2013. He was indicted on two counts of criminal sexual conduct, for allegedly having sexual contact with a girl he's known since her childhood. His trial is scheduled for this summer.

Hicken has been handling the office duties, according to Cook County officials. Her website says she has stepped up to fulfill obligations far beyond the designated responsibilities of the assistant, maintaining the entire criminal and juvenile caseloads and serving as adviser for department heads and the board of commissioners.

The website says that she's been an assistant with the office for seven years, and would be honored to serve as Cook County's chief prosecutor and adviser.

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