Aaron Bellm is a lifelong resident of Macoupin County, Illinois. He graduated from Carlinville High School in 1998. He then attended undergraduate school Illinois State University, then later transferred to Quincy University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Pre-Law Concentration. In the summer of 2001, he interned at the Macoupin County State’s Attorney’s Office for course credit. He went on to get his legal education from what is now Western Michigan University Cooley Law School graduating, Cum Laude in 2006.
Aaron Bellm started his legal career as an associate at Kasten, Ruyle, Burns and Sims P.C. in 2007. He got immediate courtroom experience, taking his first case to trial within the first month of starting with the firm. He was later named a partner at Kasten, Ruyle, Sims and Bellm P.C. in 2010. While in private practice, Aaron Bellm became an experienced litigator, advocating for the rights of families, farmers, small business owners, children and the elderly. In 2013, Aaron Bellm was nominated by then Governor Patrick Quinn and confirmed by the Illinois Senate to serve as the Public Guardian and Public Administrator for Macoupin County. He continues to serve actively in this capacity to administer the estates of the elderly and deceased when no one else is available to carry out those responsibilities.
Aaron Bellm is the only candidate with extensive business experience. Aside from the practice of law, Aaron grew up in the shadow of his late father Darrell Bellm. Aaron was at his father’s side when Darrell was a real estate agent and Auctioneer as a child. When Darrell built a portable sanitation company called Sani-Systems, Aaron worked side by side with him for nineteen years all while attending high school and college. When Aaron returned from law school, he drafted a business plan, assisted getting financing and re-designing Darrell’s extensive renovation and continued operation of Bowlero Lanes in Carlinville. With Darrell’s passing in 2014, Aaron continues to assist his mother, Karen, with maintenance and operations of the Bowling Center when the need arises.
Aaron Bellm seeks to continue a family tradition of public service. His father, Darrell was elected as a County Board Member in 1986, representing the 8th District in Macoupin County. He would go on to serve as chairman of numerous committees during the next 25 years, retiring from the board in 2010.
Aaron Bellm is uniquely qualified to bring about the much-needed change to Macoupin County’s Criminal Justice system. He is the only candidate running for office that hasn’t spent their legal career in the current office culture. He will draw upon his previous business experience to streamline requests for prosecution. He is focused on resetting relations with local and county law enforcement and is dedicated to working with law enforcement to adjust policing strategies as ongoing criminal justice reforms trickle through the legislature. He is committed to thoroughly reviewing cold cases and set a workable standard for reviewing old sexual abuse cases since the statute of limitation has been lifted on these crimes. He is committed to aggressively prosecuting violent offenders and drug abusers to end the cycle of substance abuse and the denigration to addicts families and the community. Aaron Bellm also plans to review specialty court programs for veterans and persons with mental health needs, to help protect the public and ensure that our veterans and citizens with mental health needs get the treatment they need to remain productive citizens and lessen the burden on the criminal justice system.
Aaron and his wife, Deidra, have been blessed to be able to return home to Carlinville and Macoupin County to start their careers and raise their family. Aaron is the proud father of three boys, Zander, Maddox, and Liam. Aaron and his family are lifelong members of Ss. Mary and Joseph’s Catholic Church in Carlinville. Aaron is the former Grand Knight in the Carlinville Knights of Columbus Council #663, and currently serves as Financial Secretary. He also belongs to Elks Lodge 1412 in Carlinville. In his free time, Aaron has helped coach his sons’ indoor soccer teams, and flag football team.
He looks forwarding to protecting the families, farmers, small business owners and the future of Macoupin County as your next State’s Attorney in 2020 and beyond. Aaron was raised as in a proud Union Democrat household and continues that tradition, seeking the Democratic nomination in March 2020 and becoming Macoupin County’s next State’s Attorney in November 2020. He encourages you to VOTE FOR CHANGE! VOTE FOR BELLM!