PEORIA, IL – Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady died Thursday afternoon.
Coroner Jamie Harwood confirmed Brady, 70, passed away at 5:43 p.m. this afternoon. He passed peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.
Brady was born in Galesburg, Illinois and is a native of Peoria. He was sworn in as Peoria County State’s Attorney in 2011.
“The passing of States Attorney Jerry Brady is a huge loss for our community. Mr. Brady did so many positive things for the community and public safety. I had the honor to work with Jerry for several years. Jerry was not only a co-worker, he was also a friend. Mr. Brady will be greatly missed. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Chief Loren Marion III
Assistant Majority Leader Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) issued the following statement on the passing of Peoria County State’s Attorney Jerry Brady:
“Jerry Brady was a pillar of the Peoria legal community. The entire community has lost a truly dedicated public servant. Jerry put his whole heart and soul into everything he did. We will truly miss him.”
Representative Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) also shared the following words in a Facebook post.
Mayor Jim Ardis was saddened by the news and spoke highly of Brady.
“It’s a huge loss for our community,” he said. “Jerry Brady was an outstanding person in that position, he served so many roles and what he did in our community it’s a tragic loss for us,” Mayor Ardis said.
He also mentioned that Brady showed more integrity than any person he has ever met in a position like his.
Peoria city councilman, Timothy Riggenbach, said Brady invested so much into the community and always made sure neighbors concerns were addressed.
“Anybody who knew Jerry would just say [knew] he loved the community and it showed in everything he did with his family as well as his professional practice,” Riggenbach said. “So the folks in the neighborhood are going to be mourning this loss.”
“He was genuine,” said Robert Spears, the Peoria County Circuit Clerk. “He was a real person. You know, they always say someone is bigger than life, and that’s what Jerry was like. Whenever you would think you’re down in the dumps, he was always there to build you up.”
“He was a dedicated public servant on a macro-level to the community and was never reluctant to give credit for a good job,” said First Assistant State’s Attorney Nancy Mermelstein.
“He was a great boss,” said Jodi Hoos, a Tenth Circuit Judge for Peoria. “He was a good friend, a great state’s attorney and an even better person.”