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Monday, June 29, 2020 8:41 PM

Kelly Lawsuit: Lightfoot never issued executive orders to shut down Chicago

A new lawsuit has just been filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division against Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker. One of the plaintiffs, William Kelly, is a Chicago business owner and the host of the Citizen Kelly Show on AM 1590 WCGO and 95.9 FM. He is the organizer of an online petition effort and has collected 138,000 signatures of Illinois residents, business owners and religious leader who allege they have been harmed by COVID-19 restrictions on the life and liberties.
Kelly says that, so far, other suits that have been filed have not been effective, "We are doing this for the people of Illinois. Every other lawsuit has, so far, missed the mark. Lives are being destroyed. People are going bankrupt. If we succeed, Mayor Lightfoot and Gov. Pritzker will pay a price, in the form of legal damages, for the terrible harm they've caused to people's lives and liberties."
The complaint outlines four counts against Mayor Lightfoot and Gov. Pritzker, including: 1. That Lightfoot's acts violated the plaintiff's rights under the second, third, fourth and fifth sections of the Illinois Constitution; 2. That Lightfoot violated the plaintiffs right to equal protection when she reopened Grant Park to Black Lives Matter protesters; 3.That Lightfoot's reopening plan restrictions exceed her authority and are void ab initio; and 4. That Pritzker's April and May disaster declarations and Executive Order 2020-38 exceed his authority and are void ab initio.
The complaint states: There is no COVID-19 exception to the Constitutional and legal rights of the citizens of the State of Illinois nor the residents of the City of Chicago. Further, there is no constitutional provision or legal precept that subordinates democracy to a public emergency or pandemic. Even Lincoln held elections at the end of his first term and submitted his admiration to the will of congress during the Civil War, even if it meant losing to the confederacy because of the election of General McClellan after 4 years of war. However, despite the aforesaid well-established law of the State of Illinois, both Pritzker and Lightfoot have favored certain groups and beliefs over others, issuing exemptions from their illegal emergency decrees, which were no longer in force after April 9, 2020.
The complaint further contends that Lightfoot's executive orders did not order a shut-down of Chicago or Chicago's Lakefront and that her emergency authority relies on Gov. Pritzker's executive orders, which are currently the subject of challenges in other lawsuits. The lawsuit also contends that Lightfoot had no authority to shut-down Chicago's Lakefront, beaches, adjacent parks and Chicago's Riverwalk and, certainly, no authority to close and reopen them selectively in violation of the plaintiff's right to equal protection.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:42 AM

Il Gov’s Coronavirus Response Prompts Online Petition to “Quarantine Pritzker’


Springfield, Illinois, March 31, 2020 – An online petition at is calling for billionaire Governor J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) to self-quarantine himself and resign from his duties after his Administration’s slow, failed response to the coronavirus pandemic which has now killed 73 Illinois residents with the total number of cases at 5,057 and growing.


William J. Kelly, a former statewide candidate for Illinois comptroller and host of the “Citizen Kelly Show” on AM 1590 WCGO and 95.9 FM, has launched the petition. “Gov. Pritzker failed in his first test as governor and people are dead because of it. How many more Illinois citizens will die because of J.B. Pritzker?”


The “Quarantine Pritzker” petition reads as follows:


On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker failed to issue a stay-home order for Illinois residents until March 20th. The Governor ordered the shutdown of restaurants and bars on March 15th yet he opened the polls for the Illinois primary election on March 17th in violation of social distancing rules. He closed retail stores and services during the stay-at-home order imposed on March 20th yet deemed wealthy Cannabis operators and their dispensaries “essential businesses.” Under Gov. Pritzker’s reign, recreational weed went from illegal to "essential" in three months while Illinois restaurant and retail store owners now face bankruptcy.


Gov. Pritzker has failed to eliminate the Illinois sales tax and plastic bag tax, even though plastic bags are safer than reusable bags in this public health emergency, through 2020 to save Illinois businesses and residents. Our tone-deaf Governor scolds Illinois residents for taking walks yet has released hundreds of prisoners without testing them for deadly COVID-19. Gov. Pritzker has failed our Illinois citizens over and over again. We, the people of Illinois, demand that billionaire J.B. Pritzker self-quarantine and resign his duties as Governor effective immediately.


Sign and share the petition here.



Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:14 AM

William J. Kelly for 42nd Ward Republican Committeeman - Robocall

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:06 AM

Write-in William J. Kelly for 42nd ward Republican committeeman on March 17th

I've been a resident of the 42nd ward for more than 15 years. It's a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. But the City of Chicago is changing. Violent crime has had a terrible impact on the 42nd ward neighborhoods of Streeterville, Gold Coast,  River North, Near West Loop, New East Side, Fulton River District and the Loop. I've been a twice-victim of violent crime myself and resident concerns about violent assaults, carjackings and robberies are very real. 

But right now we don't have a real advocate fighting for the 42nd Ward and we certainly don't have ANY REPUBLICAN representation. The 42nd Ward has thousands of GOP voters who deserve representation, who are rightly concerned about the rise of violent crime and who want to keep the 42nd Ward safe for residents and their families. 

Please write-in William J. Kelly for 42nd Ward Republican committeeman on March 17th and I will make sure the 42nd Ward has a real advocate - one that represents Republican voters. Together, we can make the 42nd Ward safe again and build a real Chicago Republican Party that can take on violent crime, wasteful spending and too-high taxes for no services. 

Thank you, 

William J. Kelly 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 10:10 AM

William J. Kelly for 42nd Ward GOP committeeman: Residents don't feel safe anymore

Dear Neighbor, 

I've been a resident of Streeterville and the 42nd ward for more than 15 years and much has changed in those years. As a long-time resident, I am very concerned about the rise of violent crime in our neighborhoods. Violent carjackings, assaults, robberies and thefts are on the rise and residents don't feel safe anymore. No Chicago neighborhood is safe - not Streeterville, the Gold Coast, River North, Near West Loop, New East Side, Fulton River District and the Loop. 

I've been a twice victim of violent crime just in the last few years - once in front of my home and once in front of my business. My experience is not unique anymore and my neighbors and I are rightly concerned.

We need an tireless advocate for the 42nd ward. I would like to be your advocate and help make our neighborhoods safe again. Please write-in my name - William J. Kelly - for Republican 42nd ward committeeman on March 17th and I promise to work hard for you and for our neighborhoods. 

Thank you!

William J. Kelly

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