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Kelli M. Childress

Kelli M. Childress

Kane County Public Defender
St. Charles, IL


Kelli M. Childress, Kane County Public Defender, has focused her career on criminal litigation.  Her office, located in St. Charles, Illinois, consists of 35 attorneys.  Kelli was formerly the Deputy Chief of the Lake County Public Defender’s Office, First Assistant of the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, a private practitioner and an Assistant State’s Attorney in Kane County.

Kelli is secretary of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Human Rights Section Council and past chair of the Criminal Justice Section Council.  She is on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Public Defender Association, a member of the State of Illinois Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependency, and a member of the Kane County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee.  Kelli is also active in other bar associations and community organizations, and is a frequent speaker at various programs throughout the midwest.

Kelli received her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in January, 1996.  She received a B.A. from Loyola University in May, 1993, where she majored in political science and communication.  She was also a member of the Loyola Division I women’s volleyball team. 

Kelli was born and raised on the north side of Chicago, and she and her family now reside in South Elgin, Illinois.   

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