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As an openly gay legislator and devoted mother to three sons, Kelly Cassidy's experiences have provided her with a unique perspective and the enthusiasm to make a positive impact on the local community. Through her previous work with local, state, and federal officials, Cassidy has a firm understanding of the major issues facing Illinois and is using her experience to help state government run more efficiently.
Prior to becoming state representative, Cassidy worked for 14 years in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, serving as the Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs until 2001 when she became the Director of Programs and Development. During that time, she helped lead the office's budget process, giving her insight into the impact of budgets on government policy.
While her focus on fiscal responsibility and eliminating inefficiencies led to a lower overall office budget, Cassidy successfully found creative approaches to fund critically important programs. As the General Assembly continues searching for long-term budget solutions, Cassidy's experience is important to improving the state's fiscal outlook and getting the most out of the state's limited resources.
From 1993 to 1997, Cassidy served as a legislative aide to state Senator John Cullerton. She managed the daily operations of Cullerton's district office, working closely with elected officials and local leaders to address the needs of the community while responding to constituent concerns.
Cassidy also served as Legislative Director for the National Organization for Women in Chicago, where she developed a strong background in advocacy, developing issues and ideas into sound policy and legislation. Cassidy continues to use her constituent relations background to promote local concerns and be an accessible and available legislator.
Cassidy lives in Rogers Park with her partner and three sons. The 14th District includes the Chicago neighborhoods of Edgewater, Andersonville and Rogers Park and a portion of Evanston.
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