Blagojevich Fundraiser's Sister Lands State Job

By: 23 Newsroom
By: 23 Newsroom

The sister of a former campaign worker lands a job running the state's Bureau of Real Estate Professions.

Gertrude Kelly got the job just five days after being issued a real estate broker's license. She became an assistant commissioner in the Office of Banks and Real Estate in December earning $92,000 a year.

Her brother, Christopher Kelly was Blagojevich's former campaign manager. Records show that he loaned or gave Blagojevich $464,000 from companies he owns.

Real Estate Commissioner D. Lorenzo Padron says her experience in the Office of Banks and Real Estate makes up for her not having a background in real estate. He also said that her brother had no influence in her hiring.


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