Latest updates from William J. Kelly.
Kelly reports that Chicago media has yet to question Mayor Lightfoot about her taxpayer-funded junket last Thursday at a time when Chicago is in crisis with 10-20 shootings per day and record violence of 108 shootings over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Lightfoot has admitted she was in San Francisco to do some political fundraising.
Monday, July 5, 2021 12:11 PM
Mayor Lightfoot clashes with Newsmax correspondent William J. Kelly again - this time she attacks him personally, tells him she is allowing him to attend her press conference and says that the George Floyd riots didn't have anything to do with race.
Monday, July 5, 2021 12:07 PM
Chicago reporter William J. Kelly tells Mayor Lightfoot she's lost control of Chicago. Watch her response.
Monday, June 21, 2021 7:57 PM
Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:28 PM
Monday, June 7, 2021 11:16 AM
Kelly says that Lightfoot and Brown have presided over two years of lawlessness - a reality made even more clear by the results of Kelly's recent FOIA request revealing the number of people charged and convicted in the course of a year since the May 31, 2020 Black Lives Matter Riots.
"Only 70 criminal have been charged with a felony in connection with the Black Lives Matter Riots of 2020 and they are all out on bond," Kelly says. "Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown isn't troubled by this. At a press conference this week, Brown said that 'criminals are people too
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 5:17 PM
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 3:00 PM
William J. Kelly, host of the "Citizen Kelly Show" says that Chicago Mayor Lightfoot's embargo on white reporters is just a smokescreen- she just really doesn't want to talk about Chicago's murder rate.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:19 PM
Monday, May 17, 2021 5:43 PM
Chicago Democrats care more about hair discrimination than the murder of a 14-year-old African American boy.
Friday, May 14, 2021 4:43 PM
Kelly says that 36 veterans – a quarter of the home’s residents - died in the outbreak because Gov. Pritzker appointed an unqualified, incompetent political hack to head Illinois Veterans Affairs during a global pandemic. Former State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia was appointed in 2019 by Pritzker and was also accused in the report of delegating all of her responsibilities to an underling.
Monday, May 10, 2021 4:02 PM
Kelly says that 36 veterans – a quarter of the LaSalle Veteran Home’s residents - died in the outbreak because Gov. Pritzker appointed an unqualified, incompetent political hack to head Illinois Veterans Affairs during a global pandemic. Former State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia was appointed in 2019 by Pritzker and was also accused in the report of delegating all of her responsibilities to an underling.
Monday, May 3, 2021 3:23 PM
William J. Kelly, host of the "Citizen Kelly Show," says that Illinois Democrats are secretly planning to remove one but five statues of President Abraham Lincoln and is asking citizens to contact their representatives before it is too late.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:04 PM
William J. Kelly, host of the "Citizen Kelly Show" is questioning why Democrats and their friends in the media are so determined to incite Chicago's Hispanic community to riot in wake of the release of the police shooting footage of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.
Monday, April 12, 2021 7:37 PM
William J. Kelly, host of the "Citizen Kelly Show" is questioning Gov. Pritzker's ties to Shield T3, a for-profit company being run out of the University of Illinois, that is angling for billions in COVID passport and testing contracts cash.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:29 PM
Gov. Pritzker and his pals at the University of Illinois are getting into the for-profit COVID 19 passport game and it’s funded by – you guessed it – we, the taxpayers," said Kelly. "Gov. Pritzker has given his blessing to U of I’s Shield T3 – that’s right – T3 – Rise of the Pritzker passports - no word if Nick Fury is involved.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 5:44 PM
"There’s a brand new bill in the City Council to change the title of Chicago ward reps from alderman to just alder. It’s a gender equality term proposed by bad-boy battle rapper turned-Alderman Andre Vasquez. Ooops, I meant Alder," Kelly said.
Thursday, March 18, 2021 2:02 PM
William J. Kelly, host of the "Citizen Kelly Show" and mayoral contender, says that a new bill will turn Illinois into a version of the 1984 movie, "Police Academy."
Thursday, March 18, 2021 1:57 PM
William J. Kelly, host of the "Citizen Kelly Show" and mayoral contender, says that 31 people have been shot in Chicago since Friday under Mayor Lightfoot's watch - but Mayor Lightfoot is more worried about Irish people celebrating.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 8:18 PM
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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 7:45 PM
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Tuesday, February 2, 2021 3:43 PM
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:35 PM
"Illinois Republicans like Rep. Adam Kinzinger say they want to kick Trump voters out of the party," Kelly says. "As a lifelong Republican, I can say this is nothing new. The Illinois GOP establishment has always wanted to kick conservatives out of the party. When will they ever learn? Every time they've attempted to rid the party of its conservative base, they lose."
Monday, January 4, 2021 7:45 PM
- The Chicago Mayor is black
- The Superintendent of police is black
- The Cook County State's Attorney is black
- The Chief Judge of Cook County Circuit Courts is black
- The Illinois Attorney General is black
- The Chicago Fire Department Commissioner is black
- The Cook County Board President is black
- The State Senate Majority leader is black
- The Illinois Lieutenant Governor is black
- The Illinois Secretary of State is black
- The Clerk of the Circuit Court is black
- The Chicago Treasurer is black
- The Chicago Transit Authority President is black
- The CEO of Chicago Public Schools is black and
- The Commissioner of the Department of Water Management is black
- 40% of the City Council belongs to the Black Caucus with an average pay of $122,304 plus $122,000 a year in expenses. Pension is 80% of the highest pay during tenure.
- At the end of Chicago's 2019 fiscal year, the Chicago deficit was $832,200,000.
Thursday, December 31, 2020 12:03 PM
KELLY: 2021 is the Year Americans Take Their Country Back
Normally, I express how incredibly thankful I am and my optimism for the coming new year. But this year is very different.
In 2020, the most corrupt and incompetent politicians in the world used a virus with a 99.8% recovery rate to destroy our economy, our schools, churches, and freedom. They used this virus to turn a blind eye to looting, shooting, and murder. To transform the way we conduct local, state, and national elections. And now I hear these same politicians say that if we just "trust them" they will try and get us "back to normal." I am not interested in how they plan to get us back to normal. I am interested in taking our freedom back from these corrupt elites and I'm confident that if we all work together we can accomplish this.
Happy New Year and God Bless you!
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 12:29 PM
Kelly: Rep. Kinzinger has Destroyed His Future with GOP
Monday, December 14, 2020 9:33 AM
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 9:22 AM
KELLY: Ald. Tom Tunney is Chicago's latest national COVID-19 embarrassment
CHICAGO (November 9, 2020) - William J. Kelly, the host of the Citizen Kelly Show, says that Ald. Tom Tunney of the 44th ward is Chicago's latest COVID-19 national embarrassment:
"First, Mayor Lightfoot embarrasses Chicago by violating her own COVID-19 restrictions and now her key ally, Ald. Tunney's restaurant has been caught flouting the city and state's indoor dining ban," Kelly said. "Democrats like Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot look the other way so their pals, like Tunney, can keep their restaurants open yet sic the police on the rest of us. Could the hypocrisy be any more clear?"
Tunney's restaurant, Ann Sather, in Lakeview was issued two citations for up to $10,500 for repeatedly violating the city's indoor dining ban after someone "ratted" them out. Tunney's restaurants are listed on records as receiving a federal PPP loan of between $350,000 and $1 million.
Tunney also chairs the city's powerful zoning committee, which establishes policies that affect Chicago's food industry. He is a former chairman of the Illinois Restaurant Association. "Ald. Tunney is the ultimate poster boy for COVID-19 hypocrisy," Kelly said. "And in Chicago, that's saying something."
Kelly is an outspoken critic of Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot and a former candidate for Chicago Mayor against Rahm Emanuel. He is a native of Chicago's South Side and a current resident of Streeterville.
Monday, December 7, 2020 4:27 PM
Kelly: Why I'm Running for IL GOP Party Chairman
CHICAGO (November 7, 2020) - Former GOP mayoral candidate William J. Kelly reacts to the Tim Schneider's retirement as Illinois Republican Party Chairman:
"As a lifelong Illinois Republican, I cannot believe the complete lack of effort our Illinois GOP leaders put into the 2020 campaign, the total betrayal of President Trump and the total surrender to the tyrant, Gov. J.B. Pritzker That is why I am announcing that I want the opportunity to rebuild the Illinois GOP as its party chairman. If you think that I am the right kind of person to challenge Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot's abuse of power, please contact your local Republican leaders and ask them to support me for the chairmanship."
As an outspoken Republican activist, Kelly says the grassroots conservative base, which supports President Trump, doesn't trust the Illinois GOP establishment after its failure with liberal Gov. Bruce Rauner and the 2020 elections. "I will help restore trust in the Illinois GOP with the party's base that we need to win the critical elections against Governor Pritzker and the Democrat slate statewide in 2022," Kelly says.
Kelly is an outspoken critic of Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot and a former candidate for Chicago Mayor against Rahm Emanuel. He is a native of Chicago's South Side and a current resident of Streeterville.
For updates, please visit www.williamjkelly.org
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 2:44 PM
SJ-R Columnist Bernie Schoenburg Terminated After Defamation Suit Threat
Sunday, July 26, 2020 2:02 PM
William J. Kelly Speaks at the Million Unmasked March at the Springfield Capitol
A crowd of more than 200 peaceful protesters gathered at the Springfield Capitol to demonstrate against Gov. Pritzker's mandatory school mask mandate for school children. Michael Rebresh was the organizer of the Million Unmasked March and Rally. Among the speakers at the rally was William J. Kelly, host of the "Citizen Kelly Show" on AM 1590. Kelly was at the rally to speak about the 90-page lawsuit his attorney against Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot. Kelly, along with other business owners and Illinois residents, is a plaintiff in the lawsuit. If successful in their suit, business owners and individuals will be able to file a claim against Illinois and Chicago for actual damages plus attorney's fees.
Friday, July 24, 2020 7:38 PM
Status of the Lawsuit Against Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot
Springfield, IL (July 24, 2020) - Video of Republican activist William J. Kelly's Springfield press conference to give a status update on the lawsuit filed against Gov. Pritzker and the first lawsuit against Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is available here. Kelly is a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs' attorney Laura Grochocki says that Lightfoot and Pritzker's abuse of power is shocking. "Mayor Lightfoot and Gov. Pritzker have falsely claimed they have this unlimited emergency power. They do not. What's worse is they have misused the police to enforce their unlawful acts," Grochocki said.
If Kelly's lawsuit is successful, injured business owners and individuals who have lost their jobs or income due to Mayor Lightfoot and Gov. Pritzker's illegal actions, will be able to sue for damages for violations of their civil rights. Estimated damages would be in the millions of dollars.
The extensive four-count lawsuit, filed by Kelly and other injured parties and which is available for download here, is a complaint for declaratory, injunctive and other relief.
Monday, June 29, 2020 8:41 PM
Kelly Lawsuit: Lightfoot never issued executive orders to shut down Chicago
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10:42 AM
Springfield, Illinois, March 31, 2020 – An online petition at change.org 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.
William J. Kelly
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 10:10 AM
William J. Kelly for 42nd Ward GOP committeeman: Residents don't feel safe anymore
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.
William J. Kelly
Thursday, January 30, 2020 10:07 AM
VIDEO: U.S. Senate Candidate Mark Curran Caught Lying in Jailhouse Interview
Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:47 AM
Numerous lawsuits filed against Mark Curran in Lake County
Mark Curran's term as Lake County Sheriff came at a high cost for Lake County taxpayers as a search of Lake County court records reveals. Lake County States Attorney Mike Nerheim is still defending Curran in a number of pending civil matters, including many intentional tort cases:
Thursday, November 7, 2019 11:33 AM
Special Prosecutor to be Named in Mark Curran Battery Case
The office of William J. Kelly has received the following update on the criminal complaint against Mark Curran for assault and battery via email from Lake County States Attorney Mike Nerheim:
Dear Mr. Kelly,
As I indicated in our conversation, I have a conflict with handling a charging decision and any subsequent prosecution of Mr. Curran because my office currently represents him in pending civil matters. I also advised that my office had confirmed that the Grayslake Police Department was in the process of completing their investigation. The process in any criminal case is for the police to investigate, and then upon the full completion of their investigation, to turn the matter over to the proper prosecuting authority for them to make a charging decision. Normally, that prosecuting authority would be my office, but due to the conflict, we will be bringing in a special prosecutor to handle this matter once the investigation is complete. I do not expect the investigation to take very long.
In order to expedite the appointment process, my office has already contacted the Illinois Appellate Prosecutor’s Office. This is the organization that handles conflict prosecutions for my office. They have agreed to accept the case and are awaiting their appointment. There is a formal process that is required in order for a special prosecutor to be appointed. The process requires a judge to sign an order. I cannot present that order for signature, until I receive the complete investigation from the Grayslake Police Department.
As soon as I receive that investigation, I will immediately present the order for appointment.
Lake County States Attorney
On November 2, 2019, Kelly filed a criminal complaint with the Grayslake Police after Curran committed an assault and hands-on battery against Kelly at the Lake County Republican endorsement session where Kelly was invited to speak. Kelly was asking Curran questions about his positions on illegal immigration and an enraged Curran grabbed and shoved Kelly on video. An unedited video shared with the media reveals that Curran had no legal excuse for his physical assault against Kelly.
Mr. Nerheim is currently defending Curran from pending tort and law division lawsuits. A search of the Lake County database indicates that Curran has been a defendant in 20 or more tort-related lawsuits and other legal problems.
Monday, November 4, 2019 9:30 AM
Unhinged: Battery Complaint Filed Against Mark Curran
Monday, November 4, 2019 8:56 AM
A Timeline of Mark Curran's Support for Illegal Immigration - With Links
Monday, November 4, 2019 8:55 AM
Criminal Complaint Filed Against Mark Curran
Monday, September 16, 2019 11:42 AM
Illinois – Conservative radio host Republican William J. Kelly has announced to his fellow Illinoisans that he is forming an exploratory committee for the United States Senate against incumbent Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin in 2020, who has held office since 2005.
Thursday, September 12, 2019 2:06 PM
Chicago, IL - Republican candidate for U.S. Senate William J. Kelly has issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education's response to the Chicago Public Schools' sexual abuse scandal and Chicago Mayor Lightfoot's defense of CPS officials:
"Today, the Department of Education called out Chicago Democrat leaders for their 'tragic and inexcusable' handling of the sexual abuse scandal at the Chicago Public Schools. Since the scandal broke, more than 1,000 complaints of sex abuse and rape involving school children have been documented and yet, you won't hear national or local Democrat leaders or members of the media dare to mention it."
But, in a bizarre statement, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticized the federal government's response. "This is the same Department of Education headed up by Betsy DeVos? Yeah. Well. I take a little bit of what they say with a grain of salt," said Mayor Lightfoot.
Kelly blasted Lightfoot's response. "Mayor Lightfoot and Sen. Dick Durbin have failed the children of Chicago. By her own words, she is taking the sexual abuse of 1,000 children 'with a grain of salt.' Sen. Dick Durbin is no better. High-profile Democrat officials have ignored systematic abuse of these children for more than 10 years. We can and must do better."
"That's why we need to take action and that's why I'm running for the U.S. Senate."
Monday, September 9, 2019 11:57 AM
William J. Kelly issues statement about Curran, U.S. Senate race
William J. Kelly has issued the following statement about the race for U.S. Senate:
A big thank you to the Republican Assembly of Lake County! On Sunday, I attended the RALC’s annual picnic which offered GOP candidates a chance to speak. Make no mistake about it 2020 is going to be a fight and the one thing we cannot afford is Republican candidates who lie about their positions to voters.
I’m talking about Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mark Curran. I heard Mark tell the RALC crowd that he supports President Trump, that he supports ICE, and that he supports deportations to secure our border. He does NOT support any of these things. In fact, he has attacked President Trump. He opposes cooperation with ICE and advocated for driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. He supported Rauner’s TRUST ACT to make Illinois a sanctuary state.
We all saw what happened when Bruce Rauner was allowed to lie to Republican voters. We cannot let it happen again. That is why I have announced my campaign for U.S. Senate to defeat Sen. Dick Durbin. 2020 will decide whether America remains a prosperous freedom-loving capitalist country or whether we will descend down the Democrat’s socialist path of poverty and misery. Some people make promises they don’t keep. I will make a promise that all of you know I will keep. If you make me the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2020, I will give Durbin hell. Please go to williamjkelly.org and join my campaign to defeat Sen. Durbin and make Illinois a sanctuary for American citizens once again. Thank you and God Bless you and God Bless America.
Monday, September 2, 2019 3:02 PM
Kelly debates Mark Curran on illegal immigration (full)
Monday, September 2, 2019 3:00 PM
Kelly confronts Sen. Durbin on his treatment of Brett Kavanaugh
Monday, September 2, 2019 2:59 PM
Kelly-Curran Immigration Debate - Highlights
Monday, November 26, 2018 10:49 AM
With Rahm gone, William J. Kelly to retire from politics
CHICAGO IL, November 26, 2018...Republican candidate for Chicago mayor William J.
Saturday, November 24, 2018 12:01 PM
Kelly slams Mendoza's campaign for Chicago Mayor
The campaign of William J. Kelly has issued the following statement:
In 2010, I ran in the Republican Party primary for Illinois Comptroller because I believed that, as Comptroller, I could open the books and expose the insider deals. Had I been elected, Illinois would not be in the mess it is in today.
That is why I am outraged by Susanna Mendoza’s decision to abandon her responsibilities as Comptroller to run for Chicago's Mayor. This is the most blatantly corrupt move I’ve ever seen and yet not a word from the media, the Democrats or even the Republican Party.
I am calling on Mendoza to withdraw from the Mayor's race or resign from the Comptroller's office. The people of Illinois deserve political leaders who keep their promises and do their jobs.
Monday, November 19, 2018 1:00 PM
Kelly mocks Beto, changes name to Memo
CHICAGO IL, November 23, 2018 - Republican William J. Kelly says he is officially changing his name to "Memo," the Spanish short form for Guillermo or William - his given name. "I've been called 'Memo' since grade school," claims the fourth generation Irish-Swede. "It was all over my notebooks."
Kelly, who is running for Chicago Mayor, cites Democrat Beto O'Rourke, another fourth-generation Irishman, as the inspiration for the change.
"This Texas Congressman, Robert Francis O'Rourke. You know what he has that I don't have - other than the DUI and burglary arrest? A nickname!" says Kelly. "So that's what I need."
O'Rourke, despite his Irish heritage and Spanish nickname, represents the heavily Hispanic 16th congressional district. He is being touted as a leading Democrat candidate for President in 2020, despite his recent loss to Sen. Ted Cruz.
To mark the change, Kelly has just released his first official campaign song, "Memo for Mayor (Better than Beto)."The song is set to Barry Manilow's 1978 hit, "Copacabana."
Kelly says that more Republicans may have to change their names to win elections. In Illinois, a Polish lawyer, previously known as Phillip Spiwak, changed his name to Shannon O'Malley and won vacancy in Cook County's 13th judicial sub-circuit in November. In 2010, he ran as a Republican candidate in Will County and lost.
For more information, visit www.williamjkelly.org
William J. Kelly is an Emmy award-winning producer and the host of"The Citizen Kelly Show" on AM 1590 WCGO. He is the founder of RevDigital, an award-winning TV and new media production company based in Chicago. Kelly is a frequent contributor to the Daily Caller, Newsmax, and the Washington Times.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 1:23 PM
Kelly: Let the De-Raunerification of Illinois Begin
My Fellow Citizens,
Last week, I explained why I cannot support Gov. Bruce Rauner and why I am supporting pro-life conservative Republican Sen. Sam McCann. I am more convinced than ever that we need to rebuild the Illinois Republican Party without the Raunerites who have betrayed our trust.
Last week, Illinois Policy Institute’s John Tillman praised Gov. Rauner for his courageous leadership. This week, Dan Proft trashed President Trump and said he wasn’t a “conservative.” Proft is currently running attack ads linking Trump to Democrat Mike Madigan.
To make matters worse today, Rep. Jeanne Ives endorsed Gov. Rauner for re-election. Last year, Ives apologized to conservatives for supporting Rauner in 2014. She vowed not to support him after he signed bills expanding taxpayer-funded abortion and legislation making Illinois a sanctuary state but has flip-flopped again.
However, as outraged as she says she is, Ives is again supporting Gov. Bruce Rauner, a major donor to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU’s abortion rights project.
We need to reject the Rauner Party once and for all. Let’s be clear: These “conservatives” sold your vote to Bruce Rauner in 2014 and they are doing it again now. They told Rauner they could deliver him the conservative vote and they did. Rauner gave them millions of dollars in return for YOUR VOTE.
If these people really had any conservative principles, they would have never endorsed or supported a Never Trumper like Rauner in the first place. Illinois would never have been a sanctuary state and expanded taxpayer-funded abortion wouldn’t be the law of the land.
Raunerites do not care about you or your family. We need to rebuild the Illinois Republican party – free of Raunerites – and the sooner the better.
On Tuesday, vote for Sen. Sam McCann and let the de-Raunerification of the Illinois Republican Party begin.
- William J. Kelly
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 10:26 AM
Kelly: Why I Won't Support Rauner and Will Support McCann
- William J. Kelly
Friday, October 5, 2018 3:53 PM
Kelly: Van Dyke verdict is tragic for Chicago, the police
The campaign of William J. Kelly has issued the following statement on the verdict in the Jason Van Dyke trial:
It’s a tragic day for Chicagoans and for the Chicago Police officers that risk their lives every day trying to protect us. Under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago has become America’s murder capital and now it’s only going to get worse. Why would any officer draw their gun to protect the public or themselves from a criminal – drug-crazed or otherwise? You either end up dead like Cmdr. Paul Bauer or facing life in prison on a second-degree murder charge like Officer Van Dyke. The city doesn’t have the backs of the police and this case proves that. Unfortunately, there was no way Officer Van Dyke was going to receive a fair trial in Cook County.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 3:40 PM
PBS: Kelly calls on Rahm to resign over CPS sex scandal
Chicago, Illinois - During a recent appearance on the PBS show, "Chicago Tonight," William J. Kelly, the only Republican candidate for Chicago mayor, blasted the Chicago media and national Democrats for giving Rahm a pass on the Chicago Public Schools sex abuse and rape scandal - a sharp contrast to their treatment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Friday, September 21, 2018 1:30 PM
My column at Washington Times: Why Rahm must resign now
From my column at the Washington TImes...
The Chicago media is mourning Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The parade of misty-eyed media tributes began last week after Mr. Emanuel announced he was quitting the Chicago mayor’s race. “What will Chicago do without Rahm and his vastly superior intellect?” asked the media elite. “What will be his legacy?”
The reality on the ground in Chicago is much different than this fake media narrative. What about the unchecked homicide rate, Chicago’s role as a major illegal drug distribution hub and the billions in pension debt the city owes?
If legitimate media actually existed, news outlets would be calling for Rahm Emanuel’s head. Editorial boards would be demanding that he resign. But they aren’t. They are still protecting him as they have done for the last eight years. They are whitewashing his abysmal record. They’re burying the facts.
Is it the city’s homicide rate or Chicago’s status as America’s murder capital? No, Mr. Emanuel doesn’t care about the shootings on the South and West sides. The numbers may even be worse than reported. In 2014, Mayor Emanuel was accused by Chicago’s inspector general of reclassifying homicides into noncriminal deaths.
Is it Chicago’s 17 percent murder clearance rate? No, Mr. Emanuel doesn’t care that police only solve 1 in 20 murder cases. In fact, Rahm Emanuel has closed down Detective Areas in high-crime areas, resulting in a loss of informants. The Chicago Police say the shutdown contributed to Chicago’s poor clearance rate.
Rahm Emanuel quit for two reasons. The first reason why Mr. Emanuel quit is due to the success of the “Take Charge Chicago” referendum. The referendum puts a two-term limit on Chicago mayors and, if passed this November, would have prevented Rahm Emanuel from seeking a third term. Mr. Emanuel filed a legal challenge to the group’s 86,000 signatures at the Chicago Board of Elections — and lost a week before he quit the race. This is not a coincidence.
But there is a second and more important reason why Rahm Emanuel quit the Chicago mayor’s race; the Chicago Public Schools sex abuse and rape scandal. In June, a Chicago Tribune investigation uncovered 500 cases of rape and abuse at Chicago Public Schools. In one case, a 16-year-old girl was raped 40 times by her coach. These cases of abuse and rape occurred over a 10-year period. Rahm Emanuel has been mayor for eight of those years.
Thursday, September 20, 2018 12:15 PM
Kelly, Sessions Blast Rahm's 'ACLU approach' to Chicago crime
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 7:38 PM
Kelly: We defeated Rahm but now the real work begins (video)
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 8:33 AM
Rahm's GOP foe: I intend to solve Chicago's Rahm problem
Chicago, Illinois - Republican William J. Kelly, a long-time fierce critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says he is exploring a 2019 run for Chicago mayor. In 2014, Kelly busted the campaign caps in the Chicago mayor's race, allowing Rahm's opponents to raise unlimited cash from a single donor, forcing Emanuel into a historic runoff.
Kelly's announcement comes as Emanuel is facing mounting public criticism over Chicago's unsolved homicides and mass shootings every weekend. In August, 75 people were shot, 13 fatally in one 60-hour period with only one arrest.
"Sadly, for the last eight years, not only has Rahm Emanuel failed to solve Chicago's problems, he has done everything in his power to cover them up. From the Laquan McDonald video to the Chicago Public Schools sex abuse scandal," Kelly says."
In June, a Chicago Tribune investigation discovered hundreds of cases of sexual abuse and rape in Chicago Public Schools just in the last ten years. Emanuel has been in office eight years.
"We only know about cases of sexual abuse at CPS for the last ten years. What about last thirty years?" says Kelly. "Why is Rahm trying to cover this up?"
"Rahm is even allowing random community organizers to close down highways, expressways and even airports (on Labor Day weekend)," Kelly says. "Let me be clear, Chicago does not have a police problem. Chicago has a Rahm problem. I'm William J. Kelly and intend to solve Chicago's Rahm problem."
Kelly says that, unlike Rahm, he is looking forward to working directly with President Trump to get the best deal for Chicago on jobs, taxes, and pensions.
Kelly is a native of Chicago's South Side. He is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and host of the "Citizen Kelly Show" on AM 1590 WCGO which airs daily from 10-12pm. He is also a contributor to Daily Caller, Newsmax, and a former blogger with the Washington Times.
Monday, August 13, 2018 8:36 AM
Citizen Kelly on Newsmax: Rahm facing political crisis of his life
Chicago, Illinois - William J. Kelly, a long-time fierce critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former 2015 mayoral candidate, is blasting the media for giving Rahm a pass on the sexual abuse scandals at Chicago Public Schools and the murder crisis.
"Rahm Emanuel is facing the political crisis of his life yet the Chicago and national media are giving him a pass. No other politician would get a pass on the Chicago murder epidemic or the CPS sex abuse scandals. This is a cover-up to ensure Rahm gets the third term he doesn't deserve," Kelly said.
Emanuel is under fire after 33 people were shot, two killed this weekend. Last weekend, 72 people were shot, 13 fatally in one of the most violent weekends on record. In June, a Chicago Tribune investigation uncovered hundreds of cases of sexual abuse, sexual grooming, and rape in Chicago public schools in the last ten years. Emanuel has been in office eight years.
"Rahm Emanuel doesn't deserve a third term - no matter what the media wants you to believe. He has destroyed Chicago bit by bit. He has destroyed its foundation, its very core. Rahm doesn't care about Chicago and he never did," Kelly says.
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"The only person who should serve three terms is President Trump, not Rahm Emanuel," Kelly says.
Kelly was a 2015 Republican mayoral candidate and infamously busted the campaign caps in the race, forcing Emanuel into a historic runoff election. Emanuel is up for re-election in early 2019.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 3:06 PM
KELLY: Hell to pay if Rahm blocks mayoral term limits off ballot
William Kelly joins Take Charge Chicago organizers
Chicago, Illinois - 2015 Republican mayoral candidate William J. Kelly is blasting Rahm Emanuel's fight to block a mayoral term limits referendum off the November 2018 ballot. On Monday, Take Charge Chicago organizers, led by Gov. Pat Quinn, filed more than 86,000 signatures at the city clerk's office to meet the deadline for ballot access.
The City Council in June voted to put three nonbinding referendum questions to Chicago voters in November. Aldermen voted to put on the ballot questions asking about uses for potential legal marijuana proceeds, the possibility of creating a new homeowners property tax exemption and whether to ban plastic straws.
The Emanuel administration has said that because a state law limits the number of referendums on each ballot to three, those in the council's batch would leave no space for the term limits referendum. "Let the people speak," Quinn says.
"I promise that if Rahm Emanuel blocks this term limits referendum from appearing on the November ballot, there will be hell to pay," says Kelly. "I will force another mayoral runoff election just as I did in 2015." In 2014, Kelly busted the campaign caps in the Chicago mayor's race, allowing Rahm's opponents to raise unlimited cash from a single donor and forcing him into a historic runoff.
Emanuel is under fire after 72 people were shot, 13 fatally this weekend, one of the most violent in the city's history. Last month, a Chicago Tribune investigation uncovered hundreds of cases of sexual abuse in Chicago public schools in the last ten years. Emanuel has been in office eight years.
"After eight years, Rahm Emanuel has done nothing to stop the bloodshed on Chicago's streets. He has done nothing to stop sexual abuse in Chicago Public Schools. He has proven once and for all that he doesn't care about Chicago. All he cares about is getting re-elected," Kelly says.
A native of Chicago's South Side, Kelly is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and host of the "Citizen Kelly Show" on AM 1590 WCGO which airs daily from 10-12pm. He is also a contributor to Daily Caller, Newsmax, and a past contributor to the Washington Times.
Monday, August 6, 2018 1:07 PM
Kelly: Blame the Democrats for Chicago racism
Statement by Republican William J. Kelly:
Under the leadership of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Democrats have made Chicago America's murder capital. This weekend, 12 people were killed and 75 shot - one of the most violent weekends on record. Most of these Chicago victims are black and most of the offenders are black. In his eight years in office, Rahm hasn't done a thing about this. That's real racism.
Democrats cry racism and point their fingers at Republicans but Republicans have nothing to do with Chicago institutions. Democrats control City Hall; they control the corrupt bureaucracy and its pay-to-play schemes. The Democrats control the Chicago Public Schools, and they, alone, own the CPS sexual abuse scandal involving hundreds of underage students. The Democrats control the newspapers, TV, and radio, which is why you don't hear about the CPS sex abuse scandal and why Rahm still has a chance of winning a third term- because the media says so.
Chicago works to the advantage of Rahm and his wealthy, privileged pals - not to the advantage of Chicago's working poor and middle class.
The Democrats control higher education - and for good reason - so they can impart progressive principles to the next generation and continue the cycle of stupidity that has turned Chicago into a wasteland.
America does not have a race problem. Chicago does not have a race problem. The Democrat Party has a race problem.
Thursday, August 2, 2018 6:35 PM
Kelly: Time to turn in your Term Limit Rahm petitions
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has been circulating petitions. We only have a few days left! Please bring your downloaded petitions to 216 N. Jefferson Street, Suite 200 in Chicago now through Sunday. Sunday is the deadline. We will have your petitions notarized for you. You can still circulate petitions, today through Sunday! Download them here.
Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:59 AM
Kelly: Rahm wants to reform the police, not the murder rate
Republican William J. Kelly has issued the following statement:
Violent crime in Chicago is out of control. Thanks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago is America's murder capital. But instead of focusing on violent crime, Emanuel and the ACLU have a plan to ‘reform’ the police but they have no plan to reform the drug-crazed criminals victimizing our people.
Lisa Madigan and Rahm Emanuel have announced a 232-page court-enforced mandate governing how offers use force to protect themselves and the public, marking the latest step in a process geared toward long-lasting change to Chicago
He's wrong. Dead wrong.
I stand with FOP President Kevin Graham, who blasted the proposed consent decree as “illegal and invalid,” calling it “politically motivated.” It is. Graham said the agreement would cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
I say let’s reform Rahm out of office with the "Term Limit Rahm" referendum.
Please download the petition at https://www.williamjkelly.org/download_petition
Thursday, July 19, 2018 3:12 PM
YouTube censors conservative reporter Citizen Kelly
Figure A. YouTube removes conservative reporter's video
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 1:33 PM
Happy 4th of July Message from William J. Kelly
Happy 4th of July! July 4th is the birthday of our nation. I've always believed that America is the greatest nation in the history of the world - not only because of what we have already achieved but for what we will achieve in the future. - William J. Kelly
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 4:11 PM
McCann to Rauner: Drop out, give me a clear shot at Pritzker
CHICAGO - During an interview on Monday's Citizen Kelly Show, State Sen. Sam McCann, an independent candidate for Illinois Governor, had some choice words for incumbent Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner: Drop out of the race.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 10:42 AM
Bipartisan Movement to Term Limit Rahm Picks Up Steam
Chicago, IL - The movement to term limit Mayor Rahm Emanuel - and all future Chicago mayors - is picking up steam. Conservative radio host William Kelly has joined forces with former Gov. Pat Quinn to put a binding bipartisan referendum on the November 2018 ballot.
If passed, the "Take Charge Chicago" referendum would legally prevent Rahm Emanuel from seeking a third term as mayor in 2019.
More than 50,000 signatures have already been gathered - meeting the basic legal requirement to file. However, Quinn and Kelly are anticipating a legal challenge from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and are working to gather another 50,000 signatures by August 6, 2018.
Kelly says fed-up Chicagoans are signing up to circulate petitions. According to a March 2018 poll, 57% of Chicagoans say the city is on the wrong track. If the election were held today, 40% said they would probably replace Rahm and 17% said they would definitely replace Rahm.
The poll was taken before news of the Chicago Public School sexual abuse scandal broke. Mayor Emanuel has apologized for the hundreds of secret sexual abuse and rape cases involving students as young as 13 years old at CPS for the last eight years.
"Chicagoans want their city back. They are angry about the sexual abuse and rape of hundreds of school children under Rahm's watch. They are angry about the murder rate and unsolved homicides. They are angry about Chicago property taxes and the fiscal decline of the once great City of Chicago," Kelly says. "That's why the 'Term Limit Rahm' movement is growing. It is the ultimate campaign finance reform - the answer to Rahm's $7.4 million war chest. The people want a voice and Gov. Pat Quinn and I are giving them one."
Kelly will be speaking about the Term Limit Rahm Movement at the Southwest Side GOP Club on July 9th at Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. Quinn and Kelly will also be hosting a "Term Limit Rahm" event at the Curragh-Chicago Restaurant on July 20th. A notary will be available for circulators to notarize their petitions.
In 2015, Kelly famously busted the campaign finance caps in the Chicago mayor's race, which allowed Rahm's opponents to raise unlimited funds and force Rahm into a historic run-off election. In 2011, he challenged Rahm's mayoral petitions on the basis of residency.
For more information on the "Term Limit Rahm Movement," to become a petition circulator and attend special events, visit williamjkelly.org and sign-up as a volunteer.
For more information and to download a petition, visit: https://www.williamjkelly.org/download_petition
CONTACT: Amy Olson 312-768-8683 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, visit www.williamjkelly.org
Friday, June 22, 2018 7:34 PM
Sneed: Kelly takes page from WGN's Wally Phillips to defeat Rahm
A big thank you to Michael Sneed at Chicago Sun-Times for mentioning our referendum to term limit Rahm Emanuel today! To help us term limit Rahm, visit williamjkelly.org and download the petition, thank you!
The Quinn bin...
Conservative firebrand William J. Kelly is giving former Gov. Pat Quinn a full hour every day on his 1590 WCGO radio show this week to promote the "Take Charge Chicago" referendum, which could term limit Mayor Rahm Emanuel who is seeking his third term in office.
Translation: Kelly is taking a page from WGN legend Wally Phillips who gave Quinn's first referendum a boost by having him on his radio show 12 ties, thereby gathering 635,158 signatures that year to place it on the ballot.
The bank shot: Quinn, who needs 100,000 signatures by August - and has 50,000 plus already - wants a two-term limit for a Chicago mayor.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 12:23 PM
Kelly Teams Up with Former Gov. Pat Quinn to Defeat Rahm
Chicago, IL - William J. Kelly, who busted the campaign finance caps in the 2015 Chicago mayoral race which forced Rahm Emanuel into a historic run-off election, is teaming up with former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to put a historic term limits referendum on Chicago's November 2018 ballot. The binding referendum, if passed, would legally prevent Rahm Emanuel from seeking a third term as mayor in 2019.
Chicago has never had a binding referendum in its 180-year history and unlike every other U.S. city, does not limit the terms of its mayor.
With the help of Chicago voters, Quinn and Kelly intend to change that and deny Rahm a third term as Chicago's mayor.
Kelly invited Quinn to the Citizen Kelly Show at AM 1590 WCGO studios Monday to talk about the referendum. To place the "Take Charge Chicago" referendum on the November ballot, circulators must gather 100,000 signatures - and more than half have already been gathered.
"In 2011, I challenged Rahm's petitions for Chicago mayor on the basis of residency. A corrupt ruling by the Chicago Board of Elections allowed Rahm to run despite his flaunting of the residency requirement. He has been an illegitimate mayor from Day One," Kelly says. "Yet, still today, despite scandal after scandal, he still has all the corrupt insiders and big money he needs to win a third term. In order to save Chicago, we must have this term limits referendum on the ballot."
Kelly says that Rahm has caused immeasurable harm to the people of Chicago and that the CPS sex abuse scandal, thousands of unsolved murders and shootings, and out-of-control taxes and spending are the proof.
"Last week, the Chicago Tribune reported 523 cases of child sexual abuse, sexual grooming, and rape at CPS for the last 10 years - hidden from public view by Rahm's appointees to CPS. Now it is clear that Rahm and his entire administration must go."
"In 2011, I lost my radio show on AM 560 WIND for daring to challenge Rahm's residency. In 2019, I guarantee you that it will be Rahm who loses his job," Kelly says.
For more information and to download a petition, visit:
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 7:57 PM
Kelly: Hold Rahm accountable for CPS sexual abuse scandal
Rahm thought his CPS sex scandal was going to be a one day story until he heard my new promo. Tune into the Citizen Kelly Show at 10 pm on AM 1590 WCGO before Rahm gets me kicked off the air again. Listen live at www.citizenkelly.com
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 1:20 PM
Kelly Exits Illinois Governor Race, Endorses McCann over Rauner
One year ago, I announced I was a candidate for Governor in the Republican primary. I was the candidate that exposed Rauner's secret sanctuary state bill. Our conservative elected officials failed to sound the alarm and they allowed it to pass.
But my opposition to Bruce Rauner goes all the way back to 2013 when I first discovered his close business and personal ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. I knew anyone who was friends with Rahm Emanuel had to be bad. The fact is I've opposed both Rahm and Rauner for years now. Just to be clear, my opposition to Rahm and Rauner is based on my love for Illinois.
I was born and raised in the City of Chicago and love Illinois and Chicago with all of my heart. It breaks my heart to see what Rahm and Rauner have done. Over the last year, I've traveled throughout Illinois and asked the question: If you could do anything to improve the State of Illinois what would it be. The answer I've gotten in response was...move out of Illinois.
That is heartbreaking and unacceptable. That's why it's not enough to run a protest campaign. Or defeat Bruce Rauner. It is essential for the future of Illinois that in 2018 we defeat both Bruce Rauner and JB Pritzker. If either of them wins, it will be a deathblow to Illinois.
That's why today I am endorsing Sen. Sam McCann for Governor of Illinois. Sam is also running as an independent conservative candidate. He is a three-term state senator with a long history of standing up for Republican, independent, and middle-class family voters. He is pro-life and has a 100% rating from the NRA. And he opposed Rauner's secret sanctuary state bill.
Effective today, I am shutting down my independent campaign committee and I will be volunteering every day to make sure Sen. McCann gets the 25,000 signatures he needs by June 25th to get on the ballot and that he wins in November.
During my statewide tour, I asked voters: what would it take for them to stay? The #1 answer was: do something about Chicago crime and corruption and that's what I am going to do.
I will redouble my efforts in Chicago. I will also host weekly "Reform Fridays" meet and greet events. These will also serve as a petition pick-up and drop-off point for McCann for Governor.
You can find all of the details in the link below at williamjkelly.org.
Thank you and God Bless you and God Bless the State of Illinois.
Friday, June 1, 2018 10:19 AM
Kelly thanks Trump for pardoning Dinesh D'Souza
I'm very happy that President Trump has pardoned my friend Dinesh D'Souza. The Left abused their power for eight years to spy on, investigate, and prosecute their political opponents and Trump is finally setting things right. Williamjkelly.org
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 8:26 PM
Kelly trolls Rauner on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens resignation
The campaign of William J. Kelly is asking his supporters the following question:
Now that Rauner's BFF Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has resigned, do you think I need to re-edit my campaign commercial or should I leave it as is?
The embattled Greitens appeared in a pro-Rauner campaign ad last October.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:16 AM
Rauner's opponent, William J. Kelly gears up for fight for the Illinois GOP
Kelly has released the following statement:
Monday, May 7, 2018 11:39 AM
Kelly: Ives' endorsed Mark Shaw worse than Rauner on illegal immigration
Chicago, IL, May 7, 2018 - The campaign of William J. Kelly, independent candidate for Governor, has issued the following statement on the endorsement of committeeman Mark Shaw for Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party by the former gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Jeanne Ives:
This weekend, Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington) and Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) endorsed Lake County Chairman Mark Shaw, claiming he is the "commonsense conservative" we need to lead the Illinois GOP. McSweeney and Ives have got it wrong again. They were wrong when they endorsed Rauner in 2014 and Illinois is now a sanctuary state with expanded taxpayer-funded abortion. Today, they are wrong on Mark Shaw.
Shaw is a big supporter of Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, Illinois' pro-amnesty sheriff. I publicly opposed and debated Curran in 2013 at the Republican Assembly of Lake County over his support for SB 957, a bill that granted driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. Shaw and Curran both opposed me at this meeting. SB 957 was pushed by the Illinois Refugee and Immigrant Rights Coalition, the same group that lobbied to make Illinois a sanctuary state.
Last August, Shaw wrote a letter urging Governor Rauner to veto the Trust Act because the bill wasn't strong enough; because it didn't really do enough to help undocumented immigrants. Conservatives do not need a GOP party chairman who is to the left of Rauner on illegal immigration and sanctuary states. That is the last thing we need.
For four years counting, I have spoken out against Bruce Rauner while conservative leaders were on his payroll. I could not have been more right about Rauner but I was one of the few. We can no longer afford to trust the opinions, judgments, or endorsements of Rauner's payroll conservatives. We need and deserve new leaders who do not sellout their principles at the drop of a hat.
Republican voters deserve a real conservative choice for state party chairman. Neither Mark Shaw nor Tim Schneider is an acceptable option for GOP state party chairman.
For more information, visit www.williamjkelly.org For questions or additional comments, contact Amy Olson 312-768-8683 or by email at email@example.com.
Saturday, May 5, 2018 6:02 PM
Flashback: Kelly exposes Rauner's sanctuary state bill
The Kelly campaign has released the following statement:
One year ago today, I confronted Governor Rauner about a controversial piece of legislation now known as the "Trust Act." I not only exposed that Illinois was on the fast-track to becoming a sanctuary state but that Governor Bruce Rauner supported the Democrats' legislation. Where were the "conservative leaders" when voters needed then and why didn't they speak out against this legislation before it passed? Where were Republican officials like Rep. Jeanne Ives, Rep. David McSweeney, Sen. Dan McConchie (who voted with Rauner to make Illinois a sanctuary state)? It's time for new Republican leaders who will stand up for the GOP party platform and not sell-out their principles for money to people like Governor Rauner. It's time to plan for a new beginning and a new more conservative party in Illinois.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 3:22 PM
One year ago, Tiffany Thrasher was murdered by an illegal immigrant
April marked the one-year anniversary of Tiffany Thrasher's death by a man who should not have been in this country. He was a green card holder with a long and violent rap sheet. He should have been deported.
Tiffany Thrasher was found strangled to death on Easter Sunday morning in her apartment. She was scheduled to sing at Easter mass and when she failed to show up, members of Living Hope Church in Elk Grove Village became concerned and called the police.
Bulmaro Mejia-Maya, a construction worker who lived next-door to the victim, has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated sexual assault, and home invasion in the killing of Thrasher
Illinois Politicians and the media have ignored Tiffany Thrasher's murder on Easter Sunday in 2017. Governor Rauner has never spoken of it. J.B. Pritzker wouldn't dare mention it.
Most people have never heard her name. I wrote this Daily Caller piece on Tiffany Thrasher.
Please share it as widely as you can.
Sunday, April 29, 2018 6:00 PM
Kelly: Rauner, Pritzker afraid to talk about Tiffany Thrasher
The campaign of William J. Kelly has issued the following statement:Of all the candidates running for Governor, primary and general, I am the only candidate for Governor who has dared to talk about the rape and murder of Tiffany Thrasher by a man who should never have been in this country. I intend to make justice for Tiffany a central part of my independent campaign for Governor. I haven't heard one word from Bruce Rauner or J.B. Pritzker about the murder of Tiffany Thrasher and voters must ask why. We need leaders who are more concerned about people than being politically correct.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 1:27 PM
Kelly: I stepped aside aside for Ives but I’m not stepping aside for Rauner
William J. Kelly has issued the following statement:
I stepped out of the Republican primary to give Ives a clear shot at Governor Bruce Rauner with the full intention that I would run as independent if she failed. I’ve been Rauner’s loudest critic since he first announced his campaign in 2013 and I certainly don’t intend to stop now. I’m back on the campaign trail.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 3:03 PM
Kelly: Busting the caps hurts Rahm, helps his challengers
William J. Kelly has issued a statement in response to today's news about the caps being lifted in the Chicago mayor's race and inaccurate statements being made about his $100K contribution in 2014:
I’m proud of mayoral candidate Willie Wilson for busting the caps in the upcoming Chicago mayoral race to defeat Rahm Emanuel – just as I did in 2014.
Never have I seen the Chicago media react so violently to a candidate’s contribution as they did in my campaign and misreport the impact. Other than Chicago Reader reporter Ben Joravsky, who has called me the unlikely hero of the 2015 mayoral race, I have yet to see the Illinois media express outrage at Rahm Emanuel’s use of bundled contributions or contributions he reportedly received from executives who manage Chicago’s pension funds or J.B. Pritzker or Governor Bruce Rauner’s self-funding of their own campaigns in the millions of dollars.
Here’s the real reason for the media’s hysteria over my contribution: They are furious that an outsider reformer put a monkey wrench in this dirty insider political system — a system that enables insiders to routinely flout the law. The Chicago media wrongly assumed Emanuel and his $10 million war chest had the 2015 mayoral race in the bag. But, with the caps off, the mayor’s opponents had the chance to raise unlimited donations and that’s not what Rahm wanted. $100K is nothing to Rahm and he could have busted the caps himself but he didn’t. With Rahm's poor 35 percent approval rating, Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia didn’t have to match him dollar for dollar to win. Thanks to yours truly, Garcia raised more than enough to force Rahm Emanuel into a historic runoff election.
I hope Rahm’s 2019 challengers will now have that same opportunity. Why? Because Rahm deserves a runoff and he deserves to lose.
The truth is the Chicago media want Rahm Emanuel to win and they don't want his challengers to raise any money. It was true in 2015 and it's true now.
Saturday, March 31, 2018 12:12 PM
Kelly: Tiffany Thrasher was murdered one year ago on Easter Sunday
This is the one year anniversary of the Easter rape and murder of Tiffany Thrasher. I stepped aside for Jeanne Ives because I believed she would speak for Tiffany. Obviously, I was wrong. This week, I will be making an announcement regarding my independent campaign for Governor and, yes, there will be justice for Tiffany.
Monday, March 19, 2018 3:22 PM
Citizen Kelly Breaks Silence on Il Gov's Race, Replaces Beck
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 6:13 AM
Kelly Responds to Chicago Reader's Attack on Mount Greenwood
In a vile, mean-spirited ode to the holiday season, Chicago Reader has attacked an entire neighborhood in its piece, “Mount Greenwood is Chicago’s Upside Down.” According to the Reader’s editor, Jake Malooley, Mount Greenwood is the lowest of the low. The worst of 246 neighborhoods in Chicago.
Chicago’s worst neighborhood, claims Malooley, is the one that is least representative of the city—demographically, politically, culturally," and that means Mount Greenwood - home to thousands of Chicago police and firefighters.
Let’s read between the lines: When the Chicago Reader says Mount Greenwood’s “cultural differences” are "upside down" – it means the neighborhood’s mostly Irish, German, and Polish heritage and traditions. It means if you respect law and order, as the residents of Mount Greenwood do, you must be bad and you must be erased, eliminated.
When Chicago Reader condemns Mount Greenwood’s “political differences,” it means if you voted for Donald Trump in 2016 or if you have ever voted Republican, you should be exiled from the City of Chicago, annexed by a neighboring suburb – if the staff of the Chicago Reader has anything to say about it.
What an oddly intolerant, bigoted article from the "open-minded" Chicago Reader. It's an attack on a neighborhood of Chicago police, firefighters and their families.
I know the 19th ward.
I was brought home as a baby on St. Patrick's Day to my family home in the 19th ward.I know the people who live and raise their families there. They aren’t just good people – they are great people. When you call 911, most of the time it’s Mount Greenwood-residing police officers or firefighters that come to your rescue.
It’s time for Chicago Reader to get its priorities straight. Since he was elected, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has done little to nothing to stop the bloodshed in Chicago’s neighborhoods. It’s worse than ever: citywide, Chicago has topped 669 homicides again this year...
Read the rest of the article at Chicago Now.
Monday, December 11, 2017 8:02 PM
Kelly: Rahm yuks it up with Colbert while Chicagoans die
William J. Kelly, challenger to Governor Bruce Rauner, has released the following statement:
Anyone who has followed my political campaign, watched my TV show or listened to the Citizen Kelly Show knows I hate violent crime and criminals but what bothers me equally is the worthless response of our public officials. Today, another Chicago school student was gunned down bringing our murder rate up to 646 for the year so far and what is Rahm Emanuel's response? Rahm will be yukking it up with Stephen Colbert on the Late Show tonight! I will make Illinois safe again in 2018 and I will recruit an independent candidate for mayor to defeat Rahm in 2019.
Monday, December 4, 2017 10:10 AM
Kelly Announces Independent Bid for Governor Against Rauner
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Thursday, November 30, 2017 5:39 PM
Kelly: Rauner, Ives campaigns bullying my petition circulators
William J. Kelly, challenger to Bruce Rauner, has released the following statement:
I smell a Rauner rat....But it's hard to tell because the Rauner rats and the Ives rats are the same people. I am saddened - no, shocked - to learn that my opponents' campaigns have been trying to pressure, bully, and intimidate petition circulators for my campaign for Governor. This ugly tactic is right out of the Rauner handbook.
To all my friends and supporters, I just want to say thank you for standing up for what is right. For having real courage. 2018 is our best, perhaps last chance to rebuild a real Republican Party in Illinois and reject the corrupt insiders of the past and present. Thank you again for your overwhelming support.
Thursday, November 30, 2017 4:16 PM
Kelly: Illinois deserves a real choice for Governor in 2018
We're ready to file our petitions and our campaign ad is getting a tremendous response! Please share this with your friends and family and spread the word that, in 2018, Illinois will have a real choice for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 6:18 PM
Kelly: We have to break the Rauner coalition in 2018
William J. Kelly, challenger to Bruce Rauner, has released the following statement:
I want my fellow Republicans to have a real choice for Governor in 2018 and no more dirty insider deals. We all know now how Bruce Rauner bought the Illinois Republican at bargain basement prices in 2014. Is anyone surprised that he's up to his old tricks in 2018.
It's time we have a two-party system in Illinois. I've been fighting my entire life to have a real Republican Party. This will only become reality if we shine a light on the Rauner Coalition.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 9:43 AM
Kelly launches new ad, "Thanks, Bruce Rauner!
William J. Kelly (:30) ad spot, "Thanks, Bruce Rauner!"
William J. Kelly, challenger to Bruce Rauner, has issued the following statement:
On December 4th we will be filing our committee, our petitions, and launching this new ad spot, "Thanks, Bruce Rauner!" across the state.
I've been fighting my entire life to have a real, honest Republican Party in Illinois and have been especially disheartened for the last four years because Rauner, despite with his history with Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and his financial ties to Rahm Emanuel, has been the head of our party.
The Rauner Coalition that helped elect Rauner in 2014, including Rep. Jeanne Ives and her allies at the Illinois Opportunity Project, knew Rauner's troubling history as early as 2012 and they accepted his money, helped him get elected, and kept their mouths shut. We need to repeal and replace this Rauner Coalition. Ives was a late October entry into the Governor's race months after I announced in May. Is she in the race to split the primary and ensure Rauner's victory?
As a result of this, there is no Republican Party in Illinois. It is a Rauner Party. In any other state, the GOP has a separate state headquarters, staff, and voter lists and treats Republican candidates equally in primaries. In Illinois, the state GOP is the default campaign team for Bruce Rauner.
2018 is the perhaps the last opportunity we will have to build a real Republican Party together. We need to elect new leaders and replace the grassroots leaders that deceived us.
Please donate $20.18 today to send Bruce Rauner the message that you want him gone in 2018. Join my campaign at williamjkelly.org and, together, let's make Illinois work again!
For questions or additional comments, contact Amy Olson 312-768-8683 or by email at email@example.com
Monday, November 27, 2017 3:59 PM
Kelly: We need to replace Rauner and the Illinois GOP chairman
William J. Kelly, challenger to Governor Bruce Rauner, has issued the following statement:
My campaign for Governor is not just against Bruce Rauner, it is also against Tim Schneider, Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party and Rauner's biggest supporter and here's the reason why. It is not in the Illinois GOP Chairman's job description to stack the deck against Rauner's Republican opponents. The Illinois GOP should maintain a separate headquarters, staff, lists etc. and treat all candidates equally. However, that has not been the case in Illinois since Rauner bought the Illinois Republican Party lock, stock, and barrel. That is why I intend to not only take Rauner's job but Schneider's job as well in order to make Illinois and the Illinois Republican Party work again in 2018.
Saturday, November 25, 2017 3:47 PM
William J. Kelly announces Dundee Republican endorsement
William J. Kelly, Bruce Rauner's Republican opponent in the 2018 primary, has issued the following statement:
As someone who has been a very staunch anti-Bruce Rauner critic for the last four years, I know it takes a lot of courage to stand-up for what is decent and right in the Illinois Republican Party these days. We've all heard the stories of Gov. Rauner's paid henchmen from the Illinois Opportunity Project and Liberty Principles PAC bullying and pressuring Republican candidates. If we ever hope to have an honest Republican Party in Illinois, 2018 is our last and best chance to do it.
That is why I am extremely honored to have the support of Jonathan J. Radke, of Kane County Board District 23 and the Dundee Township Republican Organization. I also enthusiastically endorse Jonathan Radke, who is the Republican candidate for Dundee Township Supervisor.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:11 PM
Kelly: Conservatives must hold the Rauner Swamp accountable
William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Governor against Bruce Rauner, has released the following statement:
"We are at another dangerous crossroads for Republicans in Illinois. For years, I have worked to build a real Republican Party in Illinois. To do this, we need to hold the Rauner Swamp accountable. Accountable for taxpayer-funded abortion. Accountable for making Illinois a sanctuary state. Accountable for that tax hike, the billions in mismanaged debt and millions in interest. Accountable for millions in our tax dollars to Planned Parenthood and illegal immigration front groups.
The Rauner Swamp isn't just Bruce Rauner. We must also hold people like Jeanne Ives and the people who are running her campaign accountable for helping elect Bruce Rauner in the first place. They ignored my warnings and instead chose to take Rauner's money.They cannot be trusted to lead."
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 8:57 PM
Kelly: Ask Rauner about his taxpayer grants to Planned Parenthood
William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Illinois Governor against Bruce Rauner, has issued the following statement:
Recently, a few conservative leaders have told us they are really, really mad at Bruce Rauner for signing a bill making taxpayer-funded abortion law. One of them, Rep. Jeanne Ives, also recently announced her last-minute campaign for Governor. I don't believe these people are really mad at Bruce Rauner and here's why.
In 2015, Bruce Rauner gave his Planned Parenthood friends $3.6 million in taxpayer grants and these conservatives said not one word. This was during the budget impasse. It gets worse. In 2016. Rauner signed a bill forcing doctors and crisis pregnancy centers to promote abortion. Again, these conservative leaders - Ives, included - was still happily riding the Rauner gravy train. Her campaign is run by the very people who have profited from Rauner the most. You should be asking why.
For background, read My 2016 column at American Spectator.
Illinois families and principled conservative voters deserve better than more hypocrisy and lies from these false leaders. They deserve true leadership.
Please support my campaign at williamjkelly.org today.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:12 PM
Flashback: Kelly: Why I'm Not Drinking the Rauner Kool-Aid
William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Governor against Bruce Rauner, has released this statement:
I sounded the alarm on Bruce Rauner's left-wing history as early as 2012 when Jeanne Ives and the people who are running her campaign were taking Rauner's money and helping him take-over the Illinois GOP.
In my flashback column at Chicago Tribune from 2014, I wrote this:
Over the past few days, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's numerous paid supporters have come out on social media to shriek, attack, rage, and castigate those Independent, Republican, and Democrat voters who have not yet partaken of the 'Rauner Kool-Aid.'
They demand: Drink it!
Nope, I won't drink the Kool-Aid.
With disgust, I've read the reports about Bruce Rauner and the Illinois Republican Party sending gun-toting private investigators to intimidate the Libertarian Party's petition circulators and pressure them into signing false affidavits. Any criminal wrongdoing should be fully prosecuted.
The Libertarian Party's experience reminded me of my own "initiation" into Illinois politics.
Years ago, I decided to run for countywide office and my opponent - unbeknownst to me - was Gov. Jim Edgar's secretary son. My supporters and I gathered the necessary 10,000 signatures in frigid temperatures and were quite proud of each other by the time filing day came around.
A few days later, there was a knock at the door. My opponent was challenging my petitions. But it wasn't any petition challenge. My opponent had hired ex-sheriff deputies to scare little old ladies into signing false affidavits that said I had forged their names on my petitions. Intimidating little old ladies and charging a kid with perjury - it doesn't get any lower than that especially in a race that a Republican had no chance to win in the general election.
Well, we found those little old ladies and gathered letters from them recanting their false affidavits. The election commissioners laughed the complaint out the door and dropped the perjury charge. Mike Kasper - yes, that Mike Kasper - the election lawyer who filed the complaint, told me afterwards, "It was nothing personal."
Monday, November 13, 2017 8:26 PM
Kelly: We need to fight the Rauner Swamp
William J. Kelly, Republican candidate against Bruce Rauner, has released the following statement:
When I first announced my campaign for Governor, I exposed Rauner's "secret" sanctuary state bill. This was when all of the Rauner swamp people - Jeanne Ives included - were happy to take Rauner's money and keep their mouths shut. Sadly, there is a human cost to this bill. A young woman named Tiffany Thrasher was raped and murdered by a violent criminal who should have been deported. Tiffany still has not received justice. I will keep fighting until she does. I will keep fighting until all of my fellow citizens are safe from the Rauner Swamp. Please watch this video, share it with your family and friends and let them know that they will have a real choice for Governor. Thank you.
Friday, November 10, 2017 3:05 PM
Kelly: Rauner breaks promise, fails against on debt transparency act
William J. Kelly, who is opposing Governor Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary has issued the following statement:
Governor Rauner's veto of the Debt Transparency Act was just defeated by YUGE bipartisan vote of 164-4 in the General Assembly. Rauner didn't want his state agencies to report how many billions they owed, when the bills were due and the millions in interest owed. Now he'll have to make that public every month.
Help me put an end to the Illinois Swamp by supporting our campaign at www.williamjkelly.org
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 5:14 PM
Kelly: Don't Re-Elect Rauner and his Swamp
William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Governor against Bruce Rauner has issued this statement:
People ask me if I believe in term limits but I have a better solution. Please join my, 'Re-elect no one campaign!' It should be obvious to everyone by now that Gov. Rauner has enlisted the Swamp to help him win re-election. He has broken his promise of ridding Illinois of waste, fraud, and abuse. Please make a one time donation today of $20.18 to let Bruce Rauner and all of his cronies know that we want them all gone in 2018.
Support the Kelly-Leggero team in 2018 at www.williamjkelly.org
Monday, November 6, 2017 7:35 PM
Kelly: Rauner needs to explain his general counsel's departure
William J. Kelly, Rauner's GOP opponent in the 2018 primary, has released the following statement:
I am calling for a full investigation into Governor Rauner's former general counsel Dennis Murashko. The taxpayers deserve to know exactly what led to Murashko's abrupt departure from the Governor's Office. What investigation was he conducting? Why won't the Chicago media pursue the story? Governor Rauner is a malignant cancer on the Illinois Republican party and must be removed before it spreads and destroys the State of Illinois.