Biography  


Brendan F. Kelly

Brendan F. Kelly is the State’s Attorney of St. Clair County, Illinois. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Louis University School of Law, Mr. Kelly previously served as an Assistant State's Attorney for four years, prosecuting cases in the felony division, juvenile division, misdemeanor division, and child support enforcement division.

 

Mr. Kelly has had a wide range of experience with law enforcement. As a college student, Mr. Kelly volunteered with a non-profit group that worked with law enforcement combating child prostitution..

 

During his military service as an officer in the United States Navy, Mr. Kelly conducted research on Israeli-Palestinian joint police patrols. As an Assistant State's Attorney, he served on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Council, and he has also been a member of the Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission for several years.

 

As State's Attorney, Mr. Kelly established the Violent Crime Unit, through which the most heinous cases are pursued through vertical prosecution.  Mr. Kelly also opened the Tracy Fogarty Domestic Violence Unit under which domestic violence prosecutions have increased 117%. 

 

Mr. Kelly also has established the St. Clair County Juvenile Justice Council, and as a result of feedback from the community, he has doubled the number of prosecutors in his juvenile division.  He has also begun working closely with school districts to fight parent-caused truancy to keep kids from becoming felons.

 

Mr. Kelly has charged over a dozen public corruption cases in the past year.  In 2011, he received the Illinois Mother’s Against Drunk Driving Hero Award. 

 

He is married to Joanne and has two boys, Zac and Owen.