Kelly Cassidy

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Kelly Cassidy
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Illinois House of Representatives District 14
In office
May 16, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/per session day
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
AppointedMay 16, 2011
Term limitsN/A
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Kelly Cassidy is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives. She has served District 14 since May 16, 2011. Cassidy was selected to fill the seat of outgoing Rep. Harry Osterman, who won election as Chicago's 48th Ward alderman.[1] She was sworn-in on May 16, 2011 by Justice Mary Jane Theis of the Illinois Supreme Court.[2]

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. [3]

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.[4]

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.



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[5]

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Cassidy and her partner, Kelley Quinn, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Osterman
Illinois House of Representatives District 14
May 2011–present
Succeeded by