In the early 1970s, when Kim was three years old, his parents left South Korea for America in pursuit of a better life for themselves and their children. It is a familiar American story but one that cannot be told enough. They left friends, family and jobs to pursue that American dream of higher education, success and prosperity. They arrived in the northern suburbs of Chicago and were quickly enveloped by the kindness and goodwill of strangers—many from the Asian-American community who had made the same journey themselves. And over the years, America gave them what it had promised and allowed them to give Steve a solid education as the foundation for his own success in life. Today, Steve is the first Asian American candidate for Attorney General in Illinois history.
Steve Kim is currently General Counsel for Coils, Inc., an international manufacturer of electronic components in the automotive, power and utility industries based in Huntley Illinois. Kim is also counsel at the Law Offices of Rosenberg, Kim and Jimenez where he advises small to medium size companies both domestically and internationally on regulatory and governmental issues as well as general corporate matters. Prior to Coils, Kim was the CEO of DirectAlly LLC, a global procurement and integration firm based in Chicago. Kim was also the Vice President of Government and Public Affairs at Time Warner Cable and Director of External Affairs at AT&T Illinois.
Kim was Special Assistant to former Governor Jim Edgar where he advised the Governor on international trade and Asian Affairs issues. In this capacity, Kim coordinated the Governor's international trade missions. Kim was also the International Trade Specialist at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs where he directed the State's export promotion and trade activities for Asia. Kim was also the Director of Export and International Trade for the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce where he directed the chamber's international trade department. Kim was also a trustee for Northfield Township.
Kim is currently the chairman of the Korean American Coalition of the Midwest. Previously, Kim has served on the boards of the American Cancer Society (Northeast Unit), Northeastern Illinois University Foundation, Korean American Community Services, Illinois State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka Asian Pacific American Advisory Council.