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.
Interview Session 01 (Audio)
Early life through Reilly’s early years as Gov. Thompson’s COS
Interview Session 02 (Audio)
Chief of Staff years with Jim Thompson & with Jim Edgar in 1994