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Hundreds pay their respects to Jerry Brady, the late Peoria County State’s Attorney

Hundreds of people are paying their respects to Peoria County State’s Attorney, Jerry Brady, Tuesday night.

Last week Brady died in his home, surrounded by family, at the age of 70.

Visitation at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights began at 3:00 p.m. Both church parking lots were full, while cars lined much of Lake Ave.

Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell spoke to us about Brady’s legacy. Asbell called Brady a mentor, and someone he could always go to for sound advice.

Asbell said Brady always kept him on the right path.

“The purpose of leadership is to make other people great, and that’s what he did his whole life,” said Asbell.”

Asbell went on to say Brady was a humble man, and did a lot behind the scenes, like helping local families around Christmastime. He also said Brady was a loyal worker.

“If I wanted to find the state’s attorney on a Sunday afternoon, I knew where to look for him… he’d be at the courthouse. He was always working. He was a true public servant, and his legacy is also gonna be what he’s left with his family… it’s such a wonderful family.”

The sheriff also said Brady was instrumental in community awareness of the opioid crisis and Peoria’s ‘Don’t Shoot’ program.

During his life, Brady served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves as a member of the artillery unit. He came back to the Midwest to get his law degree from St. Louis University in 1981. After passing the Bar, Brady returned to Peoria in 1982 to become the assistant state’s attorney. He went on to hold his own private practice for 26 years.

In 2011, Brady was appointed as Peoria County State’s Attorney.

Tuesday night’s visitation is set to end at 8:00 p.m. Brady’s funeral mass is Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas. Brady will be buried at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo.

Molly Jirasek

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