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|Illinois House of Representatives District 14|
|May 16, 2011-Present|
|January 12, 2013|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$132/per session day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next election||November 6, 2012|
|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.
Cassidy is running for re-election to the 14th District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. She defeated Paula A. Basta in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012, and is unopposed in the general election that takes place on November 6, 2012.
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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
- Chicago and Downstate live in two different gun worlds - Illinois Times
- The do-nothing caucus - Chicago Tribune
- Illinois House "Poised To Take Action" On Marriage Equality This Week - Instinct Magazine (blog)
- Senate sponsor seeks gun bill compromise - The State Journal-Register
- Quinn: Cities, not state should OK concealed guns - Aurora Beacon News
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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
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