William J. Kelly is an investigative reporter and Emmy award-winning broadcaster known for his hard-hitting bipartisan reporting on corruption and hypocrisy in Illinois and national politics.
A life-long Chicagoan, Kelly graduated from Christ the King grammar school and Quigley Preparatory Seminary South. While at Quigley, Kelly was a regular contributor to the “Mass for Shut-Ins” TV program on WGN-TV. He studied at Loyola's Rome Center and traveled throughout Europe.
Previously, Kelly served as the Executive Director of Taxpayers United of Illinois, a taxpayer watchdog group. He ran for Congress in the First Congressional District against Rep. Bobby Rush, a former Defense Minister of the Black Panther Party. Kelly brought out the fact that the congressman owed $50,000 in back taxes and unpaid child support.
In 2020, Kelly questioned then candidate Rahm Emanuel about his lack of Chicago residency in a sidewalk interview. The incident went viral after a CBS reporter threatened to deck Kelly. His recent interviews of Mayor Lori Lightfoot on the issue of Chicago crime and her lack of accountability on the issue have received millions of views.
In addition to producing award-winning TV, Kelly was a blogger for the Washington Times and contributes to Daily Caller, Newsmax, and the American Spectator on news, entertainment, and politics. He is the longtime host of the Citizen Kelly Show on AM 1590 WCGO and 95.9 FM.