“Local governments face many novel and complex issues requiring them to be nimble and adapt to changes in the law, in their finances, and in local economic development while also keeping residents safe and healthy. I am proud to be part of a very talented group of attorneys helping our local communities and schools meet those challenges.” -Kelly M. Burke
Kelly M. Burke is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her J. D. from the John Marshall Law School. Kelly is serving her fifth term as state Representative of the 36th District, which includes 7 southwest suburbs and several neighborhoods on the south side of Chicago. She serves on the Higher Education–Appropriations committee as well as committees on pensions and elementary and secondary education; she is also a member of the House budget working group. After the 2018 election, Kelly was selected by the Speaker of the House to serve as assistant majority leader. In this role, Kelly works with members of the Democratic caucus and across the aisle to move forward significant legislation on the budget and other issues.
Kelly’s legislative efforts include passing bills regarding Illinois’ budget, education, pensions, public safety, telecommunications, condominiums, and domestic relations. Kelly is also a founder of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus.
At Odelson & Sterk, Ltd.,Kelly concentrates her practice on municipal and education law. Prior to becoming a representative, Kelly was on the staff of Saint Xavier University. She has also served in local government, having been elected to two terms on the Evergreen Park Library Board and serving as president of the board for five years. In 2019, Kelly will begin serving as an elected Village Trustee on the Village of Evergreen Park Board.
In 2012, Kelly was selected to participate in the inaugural class of the Edgar Fellows program at the University of Illinois, an initiative to promote responsible, responsive, bi-partisan leadership throughout Illinois. She is an adjunct professor at Loyola UniversityLawSchool. She is also an advisory board member of the Women’s Bar Foundation.