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Reilly, Jim 

Jim Reilly graduated from the University of Chicago law school in 1972 and joined a practice in Jacksonville, IL, thereafter, quickly becoming city attorney.  In 1976, Reilly was elected to the Illinois legislature where he forged a strong friendship and professional association with Jim Edgar.  In 1983, Governor Jim Thompson selected Reilly to serve as his Chief of Staff, a position he retained through 1989.  Reilly also served as Governor Jim Edgar's Chief of Staff during the 1994 election campaign.