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Elected in November 2010, Kelly Burke is serving her first term as state Representative of the 36th District.
An active volunteer, coach, attorney and community leader, Burke will bring a bipartisan spirit to the state capitol and new energy to creating local jobs and encouraging economic development. During these tough times, Burke will push to foster fiscal responsibility in Illinois and work to promote job creation through new incentives to bring businesses to the state.
Prior to becoming a representative, Burke was elected to two terms on the Evergreen Park Library Board and served as president of the board for five years. While on the board, Burke spearheaded an extensive renovation of the library and was instrumental in working with the Village of Evergreen Park, state and county agencies, and private donors to secure funding for the project. Burke intends on using her experience on the board to continue development in the area and to push for fiscal stability for the state.
From 2006 to 2011, Burke served on the staff of Saint Xavier University. Burke was part of a team that raised funds for many university programs and improvements, including campus building renovations and increased student scholarship assistance. Burke appreciates the need for encouraging higher education and improving Illinois schools.
Prior to joining Saint Xavier University, Burke practiced law for 14 years. Burke also served as a law clerk to two circuit court judges and was a legislative aide to former State Representative Andrew J. McGann. Burke will use her legislative and legal background to promote area concerns and will be an accessible and available legislator.
Burke was recently selected to participate in the prestigious Edgar Fellows initiative to promote responsible and responsive leadership throughout Illinois. Led by former Gov. Jim Edgar and the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) the initiative aims to enhance leadership skills among public servants and promote understanding cooperation across regional, partisan and ethnic lines.
Kelly received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D.from the John Marshall Law School. Kelly and her husband and their three children have lived in Evergreen Park for 18 years The 36th District includes Evergreen Park, Hometown, and parts of Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Hickory Hills, Palos Hills as well as some of Chicago's 18th, 19th and 21st wards.
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