Two strong Democratic candidates are vying to become the next Illinois treasurer.
But only one has the right experience, temperament and background for the job.
Robin Kelly, the chief of staff in the treasurer’s office, is the Chicago Sun-Times’ choice in the Feb. 2 primary.
Kelly, 53, served as a state representative from south suburban Matteson from 2003 to 2007. Previously, she was director of community affairs for the Village of Matteson.
In Springfield, Kelly, who has a Ph.D. in political science, is known for her smarts, honesty and ability to work with others. An effective legislator with a passion for economic development, she parlayed that into the chief of staff job. She and Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias have upgraded that office, whose main function is to invest the state’s money, and run it well, notwithstanding major losses with one account in the Bright Start college savings program.