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Former asst. AG Kelly to help manage BBB-CATA ad review program

November 17, 2010

Patricia Kelly, who for 15 years was chief of the consumer protection division of the Illinois attorney general’s office, has been named new senior counsel for programs and services for the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.


Kelly is a veteran lawyer who whose work for the attorney general’s office helped create many of the standards that the BBB works to uphold. Among other duties, she will assist in the review of auto dealer advertisements for compliance with state law. 

"I am very excited to have Patricia join our organization," said Steve Bernas, BBB president and chief executive. "She will help enhance and improve the BBB’s mission in northern Illinois. Her wealth of knowledge and expertise will serve the business community and consumers well."


Kelly said: "The mission of the BBB is to inculcate ethics in the marketplace through self-regulation, but we have to help (businesses) by making sure that they do meet the standards that we have set. 

"My main objective is to improve the review of the standards, and the standards themselves, that govern the way business should advertise. I am pleased to be given the opportunity to work with businesses and consumers, to ensure honest, fair practices in the marketplace."


Kelly also worked as staff counsel of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.