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State's attorney, officials unveil new transitional housing

Connor Kelly Residence named for man who died from heroin overdose

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow and Connor Kelly’s grandfather Ed Heil cut the ceremonial ribbon.
Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow and Connor Kelly’s grandfather Ed Heil cut the ceremonial ribbon.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow and other officials attended a ribbon-cutting for a new transitional housing facility Tuesday in Joliet.

The Connor Kelly Residence at 200 N. Broadway in Joliet will serve as transitional housing for eligible Will County Problem Solving Courts participants, according to a news release. It was established to provide long-term help and support to individuals reentering society and the workplace, according to the release.

Joining Glasgow in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride; Will County Executive Larry Walsh; Will County Circuit Court Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt; Will County Board Speaker Denise Winfrey; Friends of the Will County Problem Solving Courts board members Anne Dralle, Suzanne Hart and Tyler Marcum, who also is a Will County Board member; a resident of the facility; and relatives of Connor Kelly, in whose memory the residence is named.

Kelly’s family provided a donation that assisted the state’s attorney’s office in turning the vision of a longer-term residence into a reality.

Kelly died of an opioid overdose March 13, 2014, at the age of 18. Will County Board member Rev. Herb Brooks offered the dedication.

The residence is the third such facility Glasgow has established for Will County Problem Solving Courts participants. The first two, the Miller Taylor House and Julie Ann House, provide temporary housing. The Connor Kelly residence provides longer-term transitional housing.

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