Kelly Burke was sworn in as Evergreen Park's first female Mayor in May, 2021. Prior to becoming Mayor, Kelly served as a Village Trustee and focused on keeping the Village's budget balanced while providing the services that protect the health and safety of our residents.
Kelly has volunteered in Evergreen Park for many years, notably with Most Holy Redeemer Parish, where she was a Women's Guild Board Member, founded a Mock Trial program for grade school students, coached youth sports, and helps prepare meals for the Su Casa shelter. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her J.D. from the John Marshall Law School. She practiced law for many years, most recently at the Evergreen Park-based firm of Odelson, Sterk, Murphey, Frazier and McGrath. She is a 29 year resident, currently living in the Southeast Quadrant with her husband Terry. They have raised their three children in the Village.
Kelly was on the staff of Saint Xavier University for six years. She spent two terms on the Evergreen Park Library Board, serving as president and continues to be involved with library events.
Kelly currently serves as the State Representative of the 36th District. In the legislature, she chairs the Ethics and Elections Committee and is involved with the state budget, higher education, health care, and pension issues.
Her legislative efforts include significant legislation regarding Illinois' budget, education funding, pensions, public safety, telecommunications, and family law. Kelly is also a founding member of the House Democratic Women's Caucus. Kelly spends much time locally meeting with constituents, holding town meetings, and sponsoring local events such as basketball tournaments and the popular "Yoga In The Park" at 50-Acre Park in the summer.