|Illinois House of Representatives District 14|
|May 16, 2011-Present|
|January 14, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Appointed||May 16, 2011|
Cassidy is an assistant in the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, serving as the director of programs and development for the state's attorney's office since 2001. Prior to that, she worked as the office's legislative liaison. During her tenure at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, she worked with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Chicago Recovery Alliance to engage the law enforcement community in efforts to pass AIDS prevention legislation which included access to sterile needles. Cassidy worked to secure passage of this legislation that helped control the spread of HIV. Cassidy also developed and managed the $20 million grant funding programs within the State’s Attorney’s office. She worked to create programs targeting domestic violence, hate crimes and human trafficking, as well as programs to address mortgage fraud, support community justice centers and enhance the use of DNA evidence. 
Previously, Cassidy had worked as the legislative director for the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women. In this position she aided in efforts to pass the Human Rights and Family and Medical Leave Acts, as well as defeating several anti-abortion bills. Locally, she worked to help pass the city and county human rights ordinances and fought to resume abortion services at County (now Stroger) Hospital. She also once worked for Illinois Senate president John Cullerton, running his district office.
Following state representative Harry Osterman's election as 48th ward alderman in February 2011, Cassidy was one of 23 candidates to seek appointment as his successor in the state house. The 14th district, which Osterman was vacating and Cassidy now represents, includes the neighborhoods of Edgewater, Andersonville and Rogers Park.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cassidy served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Appropriations-Public Safety|
|• Human Services|
|• Labor & Commerce|
|• Restorative Justice, VIce-chair|
Cassidy won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 14. Cassidy defeated Paula A. Basta in the March 20 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 14, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Kelly Cassidy Incumbent||100%||32,777|
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 14 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Kelly Cassidy Incumbent||62.3%||6,163|
|Paula A. Basta||37.7%||3,732|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
Illinois Opportunity Project
The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."
Cassidy received a score of 37.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the 80th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card. 
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- Law panel part of LGBT anti-suicide event - Windy City Times
- As Concealed Carry Legislative Deadline Looms, Debate Heats Up - Progress Illinois
- Legislators continue debating conceal carry issue in Illinois - KFVS
- The do-nothing caucus - Chicago Tribune
- Chicago and Downstate live in two different gun worlds - Illinois Times - Illinois Times
- Illinois House "Poised To Take Action" On Marriage Equality This Week - Instinct Magazine (blog)
- Quinn: Cities, not state should OK concealed guns - Chicago Sun-Times
- Senate sponsor seeks gun bill compromise - The State Journal-Register
- Ill. Senate gun plan offers alternative - Chicago Defender - Chicago Defender
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Cassidy and her partner, Kelley Quinn, have three children.
- ↑ Chicago Tribune, "Lesbian activist picked for state House seat," April 18, 2011
- ↑ "Kelly Cassidy becomes Illinois' third LGBT legislator", ChicagoPride.com (May 16, 2011).
- ↑ "About Kelly Cassidy" (November 18, 2011).
- ↑ "Clout St: Lesbian activist named to Far North Side House seat", Chicago Tribune (April 18, 2011).
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results"
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed January 18, 2013
- ↑ Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013
Harry Osterman (D)
|Illinois House of Representatives District 14
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