Metro-East News

Kelly named as Edgar Fellow

A group of statewide leaders chosen to meet and discuss the state’s biggest problems during an executive training session at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will include St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly.

Kelly is one of 40 “Edgar Fellows” chosen to meet next month for the discussions that are hosted by former Gov. Jim Edgar and the university’s Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs and include participation from experts on healthcare and economic development policies.

“The program’s focus is to bring our future leaders together to forge relationships now that can lead to a better future for our state,” IGPA director Christopher Mooney said in a statement.

Kelly said it was an honor “to be among these leaders looking for bi-partisan solutions to the challenges facing Illinois.” Kelly’s office noted he’s the only prosecutor among the fellows “at a time when Illinois is considering major reforms to the criminal justice system.”

The fellows meet August 2-6.