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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.

Kelly teamed up with Take Charge Chicago organizers, led by former Gov. Pat Quinn, and filed more than 86,000 signatures on August 6, 2018 to put a "Term Limit Rahm" referendum on the November 2018 ballot. The Rahm-controlled Chicago City Council is trying to block it.

"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 policingEmanuel claims the "agreement is...is enforceable, sustainable and durable.”

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

 

YouTube removed a conservative reporter's video Wednesday following an explosive report of a sexual abuse scandal in Chicago Public Schools. The reporter, William J. Kelly, uploaded a video of a press conference with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's appointed CPS Chief Janice Jackson, who was taking questions from the media about the more than 520 reported cases of sexual abuse and sexual grooming of underage students by teachers and administrators in the last eight years. A Chicago Tribune investigation made the cases public. 
 
YouTube sent Kelly a notice claiming his video was "flagged for review. Upon review, we've determined it violates our guidelines. We've removed it from YouTube and assigned a Community Guidelines strike - a temporary penalty against your account."
 
Kelly has posted the video to Vimeo instead. 
 
 
Figure A. YouTube removes conservative reporter's video
 
 
Kelly took Jackson to task for her role in hiding the sexual abuses cases from public view. Reminding her that school administrators in other cases have been charged criminally, Kelly asked Jackson if she had retained counsel. He also questioned how many lawsuits had already been filed against the City of Chicago. "Taxpayers will be on the hook for the inevitable lawsuits as a result of this sexual abuse scandal in Chicago Public Schools. How many millions of dollars will taxpayers be on the hook for?" Kelly asked. Jackson said there was no way for her to know the answer. "It's that big of a number. It's going to be that massive?" Kelly said. 
 
Prior to the press conference, Jackson received a standing ovation from Chicago's elite after a speech about the progress of CPS at the City Club of Chicago. Jackson recently appeared in TV ad spots touting CPS achievements paid for by a non-profit funded by donors to Emanuel. 

 

Though it rivals the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church for decades, the Chicago Public Schools sexual abuse scandal has not received any national media spotlight. The #MeToo movement is nowhere to be found. 

The scandal could not come at a worse time for Emanuel who is preparing to run for a third-term as Chicago mayor in 2019. He was elected Mayor in 2010 and assumed office in early 2011, a period of time which coincides with the more than 520 cases of sexual abuse against teenage and pre-teen students.

 

No stranger to controversy, in 2011, Kelly confronted Sen. Dick Durbin in a video that went viral after members of the Chicago media confronted Kelly. In another viral incident, CBS correspondent Jay Levine threatened to deck Kelly on-camera for asking then-mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel about his Chicago residency problem. In 2014, Kelly busted the caps in the Chicago mayor's race with a $100K donation, which forced Emanuel into a historic runoff election. 

Kelly, who hosts "The Citizen Kelly Show, a daily two-hour radio show on AM 1590 WCGO, is also a past contributor to the Daily Caller, American Spectator, Newsmax, and the Washington Times. He owns an Emmy award-winning TV production house based in Chicago. 


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. 

Last week, McCann filed 65,000 signatures for Illinois Governor - more than twice the number he needed to file. Monday was the last day to file objections to petitions and the Rauner campaign announced that McCann's signatures (35,000 were pre-verified) would not be challenged. 

TRANSCRIPT: 
 
(@7.09) SEN. MCCANN: There are so many polls that have shown that where I'm not involved - because we just filed last week - the polls show that Bruce Rauner cannot win....you might be able to argue that he could buy this election if JB Pritzker were a poor man but JB Pritzker is not only a wealthy man with wealthy friends, he actually has a net worth far greater than Bruce Rauner. Bruce Rauner is already in the hole by double digits and he's facing an insurmountable hill - this mountain he cannot climb. 
 
MCCANN: If he and Ken Griffin go out and put $50 million dollars in the campaign account today, then JB Pritzker and his buddies will put a $100 million dollars in their campaign account tomorrow and it just keeps going and going and going. That being said, Bruce Rauner is not going to be the next Governor of the State of Illinois - regardless of whether I am in the race or not.  So really - if anybody should drop out of the race it should be Bruce Rauner so that I can have a clear shot at Pritzker. 
 
CITIZEN KELLY: That's the headline. It's in the Constant Contact tomorrow. Bruce Rauner - drop out of this race for the good of Illinois. Because here's the bottom line. Bruce Rauner will not be re-elected.
 
(@13:06) CITIZEN KELLY: ...Republican Senator Sam McCann - running as an independent candidate for Illinois Governor. He will be on the ballot with Rahm's best friend, Bruce Rauner and Rahm's other best friend, Pritzker.  The stakes have never been higher. This is Illinois' rendezvous with destiny. We all need to rally to get Sen. Sam McCann across the finish line - not for Sen. Sam McCann - but for us! This is the Illinois revolution that everyone has been talking about. I've been a Republican my whole life and every year I hear people talking about the Illinois revolution - the Illinois revolution is underway! 
 

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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 williamjpkelly@gmail.com 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:

https://www.williamjkelly.org/news/kelly-teams-up-with-former-gov-pat-quinn-to-defeat-rahm

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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

 
 
Chicago, IL - William J. Kelly has released the following statement on his endorsement of Sen. Sam McCann for Governor:

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.
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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

 

WHAT:  William J. Kelly, independent candidate for Illinois Governor, will have a press conference on Friday to discuss the future of the post-Rauner Illinois GOP.   Kelly also plans to speak at the Illinois GOP State Central Committee meeting on Saturday morning and will be broadcasting live from the State Central Committee meeting. 

Kelly has released the following statement:
 
The last four years have been difficult ones for those of us who sounded the warning bell on Bruce Rauner and that bell has finally been heard at a terrible cost: Illinois is now a sanctuary state and expanded taxpayer-funded abortion on demand is the law of the land.

The blame is not Governor Rauner's alone; he had help. I blame Rauner's payroll conservatives at Illinois Policy Institute, Illinois Opportunity Project, and Liberty Principles PAC. 

In 2013, when Rauner announced for Governor, his history as a liberal pro-abortion, pro-amnesty Democrat donor was already well-known. Ignoring this, a number of conservative leaders and donors heralded Rauner's coming. Illinois Policy Institute's John Tillman and Liberty Principles PAC's Dan Proft were well-paid to induce conservative voters to support Rauner despite his left-wing history. A number of Illinois Tea Party leaders forced Rauner on us too, attacking anyone who opposed him.  

For the last four years I, too, have endured the public attacks of Rauner's payroll conservatives. However, since Rauner's betrayal on illegal immigration and abortion,  many former Raunerites have apologized to me. We need to recruit new conservative and tea party leaders to take the place of those that let us down. 

I am running for Illinois Governor to reform, rebuild, and redeem the Illinois Republican Party now and for the future. Please join me.

WHEN: Friday, May 18, 2018
11:00 AM 

WHERE: Blue Room (room 010), Illinois state capitol building, 401 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62706 

CONTACT: Amy Olson 312-768-8683 or by email at williamjpkelly@gmail.com

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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.

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For more information, visit www.williamjkelly.org For questions or additional comments, contact Amy Olson 312-768-8683 or by email at williamjpkelly@gmail.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. 

http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/21/another-illegal-immigrant-might-be-behind-a-brutal-murder/


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

 

Chicago, Illinois -  On the heels on the March 20th primary in Illinois, Citizen Kelly is back on the air at AM 1590 WCGO and, this time, he's not holding back on the Illinois Governor's race.  The Citizen Kelly Show airs on AM 1590 WCGO weekdays from 10 pm to midnight beginning Monday, March 19th.

"I stepped aside for Jeanne Ives to give her a clear shot at Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary with the intention that I would run as an independent in the General Election. I've kept quiet about the race until now but I cannot be quiet any longer." 

Citizen Kelly, who supported Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary, will replace Glenn Beck, a host who did everything he could to derail Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Is this payback? 
William J. Kelly is an Emmy award-winning producer, media strategist, and commentator. Kelly began his career as a promotions coordinator at WLUP-FM, which signed off after 40 years of classic rock last week. 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. For more information about the Citizen Kelly Show visit www.citizenkelly.com.
 
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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. 

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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

'We must break the Rauner Party,' says Kelly
 
CHICAGO, IL (December 4. 2017) William J. Kelly, challenger to Bruce Rauner, has released the following statement about his candidacy for Governor:
 
Four years ago, I sounded the alarm to Republicans that Bruce Rauner was not a real Republican. This was clear to me due to his contributions to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and his close business and personal relationship with Rahm Emanuel.
 
Sadly, Republican insiders dismissed my warnings and allowed Bruce Rauner to purchase the Illinois Republican Party lock, stock, and barrel.  I said then that Rauner would be a disaster for the State of Illinois and the Illinois Republican Party and the last four years have proven me right. Instead, of apologizing to me and supporting my campaign for Governor, these same Republican insiders, who sold us out, have done everything in their power to keep me off the ballot.  
 
Rauner's re-election campaign is being run right out of State GOP headquarters. In any other state, the state Republican Party has its own headquarters, staff and lists and they treat all Republican candidates equally. But not so in Illinois. For all practical purposes, the Illinois Republican Party is the Rauner Party.
 
I've seen this all before. In 2010, I learned my lesson when I ran statewide for Illinois comptroller. The Illinois GOP put a spoiler in race to split the primary, guaranteeing that I would come in second. Well, the Republican insiders at the Illinois Opportunity Project are up to the same old tricks again with a new spoiler candidate in 2018.  I'm not playing their game anymore. Under these circumstances, only a fool would seek the Rauner Party nomination for Governor. But I don't want the Rauner Party nomination. I want to break the Rauner Party.
 
That is why today I am announcing that I am officially an independent candidate for Governor of the State of Illinois.
 
 An independent candidate for Governor is exactly what Illinois needs right now. If we leave it to the Republican or Democrat nominee in 2018 we will end up with the same millionaires, billionaires, insiders, elites, and cronies.  It's time for a Governor for the people. This is not a campaign to send a message. This is a campaign to bring Illinois together. This is a campaign to win. This is a campaign to make Illinois work again.
 
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For questions or additional comments, contact Amy Olson 312-768-8683 or by email at williamjpkelly@gmail.com.


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.

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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.

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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!


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For questions or additional comments, contact Amy Olson 312-768-8683 or by email at williamjpkelly@gmail.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.   

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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."

The moral of the story is that I despise bully candidates and their thug tactics and I believe that is what Bruce Rauner is: a bully. He has all the tells.

You can read the full column here. 

 If you want a different outcome then you need to elect real leaders who had values and the principles when it mattered. Please share this link and support my campaign at williamjkelly.org

 


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.


Friday, November 3, 2017 8:46 PM

Kelly: Soulless Rauner has made the Illinois GOP even worse

 

William J. Kelly, Bruce Rauner's Republican challenger in the 2018 primary, has released this statement:

As an Irish Catholic from Chicago's South Side, it was very unusual for me to be an outspoken Republican at such an early age. I took a lot of grief but I knew the Democratic Party was leading our country to ruin. I never thought twice about going to nose to nose with corrupt Chicago Democrats like Rahm Emanuel regardless of the consequences and I have no regrets.

Sadly, my biggest disappointment has been the lack of a real Illinois Republican Party and it has only gotten worse with the soulless leadership of Bruce Rauner. I am running for Governor in 2018 because I love Illinois and I want to serve all of its people. I also want to reform, rebuild and redeem the Illinois Republican Party.

I am convinced that if Rauner is our party's 2018 nominee, he will lose the general election and the Democrats will have control of the legislative remap. The result will be democrat corruption and bankruptcy on a scale we've never seen. Rauner is trying to split the vote in the GOP primary with the very same people who have been in his pocket since 2013. I am asking you not to be fooled by the people who sold you down the river to Rauner in 2014.

Thank you, God bless you, God bless the State of Illinois.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017 7:04 PM

Kelly: Sen.Silverstein should be run out of Springfield on a rail

William J. Kelly, Republican candidate against Bruce Rauner, has issued the following statement:

If the sexual harassment allegations against Sen. Ira Silverstein are true, he doesn't need sensitivity training, he needs to be tarred, feathered, and run out of Springfield on a rail. Send me to Springfield, and let me clean up the Illinois swamp.

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Monday, October 23, 2017 4:35 PM

Great day interviewing candidates for the open 42nd state rep seat!

I had a wonderful day campaigning for Governor and interviewing candidates for the 42nd district state rep seat in Wheaton today! 

As you know, my life goal is a real Republican Party and that means no more Rauner money trail like the old 42nd district state rep. Good riddance!

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William J. Kelly is the host of "The Citizen Kelly Show," which airs daily on AM 1590 WCGO in Chicago. In 2014, Kelly busted the campaign finance caps in the Chicago mayoral race, forcing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a historic run-off election. He is the founder of RevDigital, an Emmy award-winning TV and documentary company. He is a contributor to the Daily Caller and a columnist for Newsmax. He is a native of Chicago's South Side.

 

 


Monday, October 23, 2017 7:14 AM

Kelly vetting clean candidates for Ives' open 42nd district seat

Caption: Jeanne Ives with Governor Rauner and Diana Raner

William J. Kelly, Governor Rauner's Republican opponent in the 2018 primary, has released the following statement:

We welcome Bruce Rauner's supporter, Jeanne Ives, to the Governor's race. However, we are calling on her to return the money from Governor Rauner and his wife. 

I announced my campaign for Governor against Bruce Rauner back in May and opposed his sanctuary state bill and taxpayer-funded abortion bill when all of Rauner's supporters, like Ives, were silent. 

More importantly, we are very excited that the 42nd district seat currently held by Jeanne Ives is now open. We are looking for a candidate to run in this open seat. This is a tremendous opportunity and a safe seat in a Republican district. Whomever is elected to this seat will be an elected state representative for life unless they do something really, really stupid.

This time, we need a "clean" 42nd district candidate with zero money ties to Bruce Rauner or his henchmen John Tillman and Dan Proft, which is why we will be vetting this candidate very, very carefully. 

If you are interested in running for the 42nd state house district seat, please contact us directly through the campaign website here

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William J. Kelly is the host of "The Citizen Kelly Show," which airs daily on AM 1590 WCGO in Chicago. In 2014, Kelly busted the campaign finance caps in the Chicago mayoral race, forcing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a historic run-off election. He is the founder of RevDigital, an Emmy award-winning TV and documentary company. He is a contributor to the Daily Caller and a columnist for Newsmax. He is a native of Chicago's South Side.

For comment or interview, contact Amy Olson at 312-768-8683 or by email at williamjpkelly@gmail.com


Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:25 PM

Kelly questions 56% jump in Rauner's income since 2014

Rauner's Republican challenger William J. Kelly has issued the following statement on the Rauner's income increase as reported in his tax returns:

Yesterday, Governor Rauner reported a 56% increase in his income from the time he was elected in 2014. He reported $58.3 million in income in 2014 and $91 million in 2016. In 2015, he reported $188 million - triple his income from the previous year. 

It is often said that a man cannot get rich from politics unless he is a crook. In his role as Governor, Rauner appoints his friends to the Illinois Board of Investment, the same board that makes pension investments. It is time we question how GTCR, Rauner's firm, has benefitted from this unbelievable conflict of interest.

Rauner has made more money as Governor than he did when he was a private citizen. As a candidate, he promised an end to politics as usual and corrupt insider games. He has broken that promise too. I guess he was in it for the money all along. 

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 1:39 PM

William J. Kelly names Brian Leggero for Lieutenant Governor

 

William J. Kelly, Rauner's only GOP opponent, has issued the following statement:

I am very proud to announce Brian Leggero aas my running mate for Lieutenant Governor in my race against our failed Governor Bruce Rauner. 

Brian is not only a business owner but a broadcast industry professional with 26 years of experience. He garnered an impressive 51% in the recent Rockford mayoral primary. 

Together, the Kelly-Leggero team will run a 100% positive campaign on the issues, unite the Republican Party, and ignite an Illinois miracle.

Ray Tranchant was unable to serve due to a residency issue but will be speaking on behalf of the Kelly-Leggero ticket on the issue of illegal immigration - an issue he knows about first-hand due to the death of his teenage daughter at the hands of an illegal immigrant. 

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Sunday, October 1, 2017 6:38 AM

Conservative Kelly Replaces Rauner at Annual Southwest Republican Family Picnic

After his vote on HB40 which mandates taxpayer-funded abortions in Illinois, Bruce Rauner was publicly disinvited from the Annual Southwest Republican Family Picnic by Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Palos Park GOP. 

In Rauner's place, Rauner's conservative opponent in the Republican primary, William J. Kelly, took his place.

"I took pro-sanctuary state, pro-taxpayer-funded abortion traitor Bruce Rauner's place at the Southwest Republican picnic and I will take his place across Illinois, including the Illinois Governor's office," Kelly said. Our pro-sanctuary state, pro-abortion Governor was too cowardly to face this Republican crowd." 

Kelly stole the show when he mocked the failed Republican Governor with this funny version of "Hound Dog," singing "Rauner ain't no friend of mine."

"Everybody at the picnic told me they were voting for me and if Rauner had showed himself, he would have been booed out of the park. They're right." Kelly added.

Kelly announced his campaign for Governor in May, when GOP leaders were silent on Rauner. Kelly has publicly opposed Rauner's taxpayer-funding of Planned Parenthood, his bill forcing Christian doctors to promote abortion, his sanctuary state bill, and HB40.

 

 


Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:27 PM

Kelly blasts Rauner for signing taxpayer-funded abortion bill

William J. Kelly, Bruce Rauner's only GOP opponent in the 2018 primary, has issued the following statement in response to the Governor's signing of HB40 into law today:

Bruce Rauner is a serial liar. He lied on the issue of illegal immigration and turned Illinois into a sanctuary state. He lied to Republicans on the 32% income tax increase. He lied to us again on life and, today, he broke his promise to veto HB40, which makes taxpayer-funded abortion law. For the sake of the people of Illinois and the Party, I am calling on Governor Rauner and the GOP leadership to resign immediately. Illinois citizens deserve better. 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 9:48 AM

If we do this now, we can beat Bruce Rauner in the GOP primary

 

My running mate, Ray Tranchant, and I were recently interviewed by NBC5 about Bruce Rauner's betrayal of GOP voters by signing the Trust Act AKA Illinois' sanctuary state bill.

Ray knows this issue first hand because his teenage daughter was killed by an illegal immigrant. 

As a lifelong Illinoisan and Republican, it pains me to see our citizens betrayed by the political establishment over and over again.

Bruce Rauner promised us he was different. He said he was going to end politics as usual in Springfield. In 2014, the GOP establishment told voters to ignore Rauner's long history of donating to pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and Democrat politicians.  

The sad reality is Bruce Rauner has betrayed us in every way a Republican voter can be betrayed. 

Rauner has made Illinois a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. 

Now Rauner says he will not commit to vetoing HB 40, which expands taxpayer-funded abortion and keeps abortion legal in Illinois even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

And still Rauner's allies are making excuses for him but we know better, don't we? 

We need to do more than send Governor Rauner and his allies a message. We need to defeat him in the Republican Primary in 2018 and, with your help and support, the Kelly-Tranchant ticket will win.

But Governor Rauner doesn't want a Republican challenger on the ballot and will try to stop us. 

We need to raise $26,000 this week in order to guarantee our petitions can survive any legal challenge from Bruce Rauner. 

The good news is that the caps in this race have been lifted. That means you can contribute any amount you want - $10, $25, $100, $500, or $26,000 to our campaign. 

If you care about our national and state sovereignty, please donate to our campaign today.

Donate $10

Donate $25

Donate $50

Donate $100

Let's win this campaign together!

Thanks, 

William  


Sunday, September 24, 2017 10:00 AM

Rauner mum on abortion after promising to veto bill

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday declined to take a position on a controversial abortion bill that has yet to make it to his desk but which his office previously said he would veto.

The legislation would lift restrictions on coverage of abortions by Medicaid and state employee insurance. It also would change a provision in Illinois law that ties the state's abortion policy to the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that protected a woman's right to have an abortion.

Rauner said he was "meeting with advocates on both sides of the issues raised in the bill and I'm meeting with legislators who are advocates of both sides of those issues in the bill and we are listening to their points of view."

But the governor would not say whether he would sign the bill into law if lawmakers followed through and sent it to him. Rauner's office said in April that he would veto the legislation


Sunday, September 24, 2017 9:46 AM

Kelly: Rauner can't even get ahead of opposing the soda pop tax

William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Governor, has issued this statement:

First, Rauner made Illinois a sanctuary state. This week, he said he wasn't sure he would veto HB 40, which expands taxpayer-funded abortions. Now even Michael Madigan is out ahead of Rauner on opposing Cook County's soda pop tax. As Governor in 2018, I will fight for Republican principles on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Not stupidity. Rauner has to go.


Saturday, September 23, 2017 6:10 PM

Kelly: Rauner dead wrong on sanctuary state bill, Amazon

William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Illinois Governor is slamming Bruce Rauner's attempt to bring Amazon's second headquarters to St. Louis:

If Rauner spent half the time on the Amazon deal as he did to make Illinois a sanctuary state, people wouldn't be fleeing the state. As Governor in 2018, I promise to make Illinois a place people want to stay – not leave!

Read about Bruce Rauner's effort to bring Amazon to St. Louis.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170920/BLOGS10/170929999/rauner-should-not-support-st-louis-for-amazon-second-headquarters


Thursday, September 14, 2017 11:11 AM

Ra Joy and Ray Tranchant: Will the media cover both of their stories?

STATEMENT FROM WILLIAM J. KELLY

William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Illinois Governor has released this statement about the media's coverage of Chris Kennedy's running mate, Ra Joy:

Today, the media is telling the story of Ra Joy, Chris Kennedy's running mate for Lieutenant Governor. Joy lost a son to Chicago violence this June.

But my running mate, Ray Tranchant, also lost a child. Ray lost a teenage daughter, Tessa, to an illegal immigrant and the media has yet to mention Ray's name.

Is Tessa Tranchant's life somehow less important? Or is it how she died? 

In August, Republican Governor made Illinois a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. In 2018, Kelly-Tranchant will make Illinois a sanctuary for citizens once again. 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017 9:59 AM

VIDEO: Meet Rauner's GOP opponents in the 2018 primary


KELLY-TRANCHANT: WE WILL DEFEAT RAUNER IN 2018
 
(Chicago, IL) September 7, 2017 - This week, William J. Kelly, Bruce Rauner's GOP opponent in the 2018 primary, announced his running mate, Ray Tranchant, a Danville-area resident and national immigration activist. In the video (above)Kelly says that the Kelly-Tranchant ticket is in it to win it. "This is not a race to send a message. The time to send a message has long since passed," Kelly says.  

Kelly says that Rauner had promised to meet with families of loved ones killed by illegal immigrants to discuss SB 31, which makes Illinois a sanctuary state, but snubbed and disrespected them instead. "Now Governor Rauner, who signed SB 31 into law, is going to meet one of them - Ray Tranchant -  on the campaign trail every day," says Kelly.

In March 2007, Tranchant's teenage daughter, Tessa, 16, was tragically killed by Alfredo Ramos, an illegal alien who was intoxicated and speeding. Her best friend, Allison Kunhardt, 17, was also killed in the deadly car crash. Tranchant has since become a national activist on the issue of illegal immigration. 
  
"If elected, we will reverse decades of unfairness and discrimination against Illinois citizens - the middle class, the working class, and the poor.  I will recall Rauner by defeating him in the 2018 GOP primary and repeal Illinois' sanctuary state status by executive order. As Governor, my first act will be to recognize the exclusive power of the President and Congress to make and enforce immigration law," says Kelly.

For more information, visit williamjkelly.org 
To make a donation, click here. 
 
 
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William J. Kelly is the host of "The Citizen Kelly Show," which airs daily on AM 1590 WCGO in Chicago. In 2014, Kelly busted the campaign finance caps in the Chicago mayoral race, forcing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a historic run-off election.  He is the founder of RevDigital, an Emmy award-winning TV and documentary company. He is a contributor to the Daily Caller and a columnist for Newsmax. He is a native of Chicago's South Side. 


Tuesday, September 5, 2017 1:19 PM

Kelly Taps Ray Tranchant For Running Mate Against Rauner

Rauner snubbed Tranchant, whose daughter was killed by an illegal immigrant, Kelly says

 (Chicago, IL) September 5, 2017 – Today, William J. Kelly, Bruce Rauner’s opponent in the 2018 GOP primary, blasted the Governor’s support for SB 31, the Trust Act.

 “As the only Republican candidate for Illinois Governor, I am calling out Bruce Rauner, who betrayed voters by signing SB 31 into law and making Illinois a sanctuary state. For months, Republican state legislators said nothing about the Trust Act’s passage in the General Assembly - no alarm bells, no warnings. After a public backlash, they are speaking out now. But why wait until the bill has become law and it’s too late?” Kelly said. “Rauner's sanctuary state betrayal has finally woken voters up.”

 Kelly also announced that he has tapped Ray Tranchant as his running mate against the unpopular incumbent Illinois Governor.

 “I am also honored to announce my running mate for Lt. Governor of Illinois, Ray Tranchant, a Danville-area resident and national immigration activist.”

 In March 2007, Tranchant’s teenage daughter, Tessa, 16, was tragically killed by Alfredo Ramos, an illegal alien who was intoxicated and speeding. Her best friend, Allison Kunhardt, 17, was also killed in the deadly car crash. Ramos was charged with manslaughter and received 24 years in prison.

 In a recent interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, Rauner promised to meet with families of loved ones killed by illegal immigrants to discuss the Trust Act but quickly broke his promise. “Governor Rauner snubbed and disrespected the family members of these victims but now he’s going to meet one of them – Ray Tranchant -  on the campaign trail every day,” Kelly said.

Kelly says that there is only one way now to recall and repeal SB 31:

“Today, unlike Bruce Rauner, we stand proudly with President Trump and the federal government. If elected, we will reverse decades of unfairness and discrimination against Illinois citizens – the middle class, the working class, and the poor.  I will recall Rauner by defeating him in the 2018 GOP primary and repeal Illinois' sanctuary state status by executive order. As Governor, my first act will be to recognize the federal government's exclusive power to make and enforce immigration law. This power preempts any state or local state law, including any unconstitutional laws passed by Bruce Rauner and his friend, Rahm Emanuel.” Kelly said.

 For interview or comment, contact Amy Olson at 312-768-8683.   

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William J. Kelly is the host of "The Citizen Kelly Show," which airs daily on AM 1590 WCGO in Chicago. In 2014, Kelly busted the campaign finance caps in the Chicago mayoral race, forcing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a historic run-off election.  He is the founder of RevDigital, an Emmy award-winning TV and documentary company. He is a native of Chicago's South Side. 


Monday, August 28, 2017 10:42 AM

Kelly blasts Rauner for making Illinois a sanctuary state

 

CHICAGO, IL, August  28, 2017 - William J .Kelly, who is Bruce Rauner's only opponent in the 2018 GOP primary for Illinois Governor, says that the Governor has betrayed Republican and working class voters by signing SB31, The Trust Act, that makes Illinois a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants.
 
With support from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, an open borders group, Governor Rauner signed the bill at 11:40AM CST this morning at Mi Tierra en la Villita in Chicago.
 
William J. Kelly has issued the following statement:
 
Today, Governor Rauner made Illinois a sanctuary state. He has turned the State of Illinois into Chicago, America's murder capital. This is a goal he shares with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whom he endorsed for re-election in 2015. He has betrayed Republican voters. He has betrayed working class voters. He has betrayed Illinois and does not deserve re-election.
 
This is not the first time Governor Rauner has betrayed us. He betrayed pro-family voters on abortion. He betrayed us by raising taxes. He spends money Illinois doesn't have. He has plunged us deeper into debt while, at the same time, his own income has tripled since he became Governor. He even refuses to say President Trump's name in public unless he is attacking him. 
 
By signing SB31, Governor Rauner has made Illinois a sanctuary for criminals, drug dealers, and gang members. I will Illinois a sanctuary for citizens.
  
For interview or comment, contact Amy Olson at  312-768-8683.   
 
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William J. Kelly is the host of the "The Citizen Kelly Show," which airs daily on AM 1590 WCGO in Chicago. In 2014, Kelly busted the campaign finance caps in the Chicago mayoral race, forcing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a historic run-off election.  He is the founder of RevDigital, an Emmy award-winning TV and documentary company. He is a contributor to the Daily Caller and a columnist for Newsmax. He is a native of Chicago's South Side. 


Sunday, August 27, 2017 9:24 PM

William J. Kelly to conservatives: Stop Rauner from making Illinois a sanctuary state

 

William J. Kelly, a Republican candidate for Governor against Bruce Rauner, blasted Rauner's secret sanctuary state bill at a conservative summit recently. Rauner says he plans to sign SB1 making Illinois a sanctuary state on Monday. 


Wednesday, August 23, 2017 9:21 AM

Kelly blasts Rauner for signing sanctuary state bill

Statement from William J. Kelly:

Governor Rauner is the new Judas of the Republican Party. He has betrayed Republican voters again and again. He betrayed us on abortion. He betrayed us by raising taxes. He spends money Illinois doesn’t have. He has plunged us deeper into debt while, at the same time, his own income has tripled since he became Governor.

Next week, he will betray us once again on illegal immigration by signing SB 31. His goal is to turn Illinois into Chicago. It is a goal he shares with his friend Rahm Emanuel, whom he endorsed in 2015. It is the ultimate stab in the back.

Rauner’s secret sanctuary state bill will make Illinois a sanctuary for criminals, drug dealers, and gang members. I want to make Illinois a sanctuary for citizens.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017 2:24 PM

Chicago radio host to Trump: Help me stop Illinois' sanctuary state law

 Chicago, Illinois, August 2, 2017 - Chicago radio host Citizen Kelly is making a personal plea to President Trump: He wants the President's help in stopping a secret bill that will make Illinois a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. Thanks to anti-Trump Gov. Bruce Rauner, the Illinois sanctuary state bill is on the fast-track to becoming law and it will take someone as powerful as President Trump to stop it. 

"Mr. President, I'm asking you again - help Citizen Kelly. I'm running for Governor of Illinois against a #NeverTrumper. The Republican Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, will not say your name. He hates you, Mr. President. I believe he's going to challenge you in a Republican primary in 2020. Mr. President I appreciate your words. We need you now in the City of Chicago and the State of illinois. Illinois is on the fast track to becoming a sanctuary state. I'm asking for your help. Help me, help you - before it's too late," Kelly said on his show this week.
 
The Illinois "Trust Act," SB 31 bill, passed the Illinois General Assembly and it could become law in days. Media outlets in Illinois have refused to cover the "Trust Act" legislation and members of immigrant and refugee coalitions have stated publicly that the words "sanctuary state" were purposely kept out of the bill to prevent a public outcry. Illinois politicians, including Gov. Rauner, and Democrat and Republican members of the General Assembly have also been "mum" on the legislation, which passed the Illinois State House on Memorial Day. The legislation is on Gov. Rauner's desk, waiting for signature. 
 
Kelly is challenging anti-Trump Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary. For info, visit www.williamjkelly.org.  Click here to donate. 


Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:31 AM

PBS host cuts off Republican William J. Kelly on Illinois' secret sanctuary state bill

 

Watch PBS host Phil Ponce cut off GOP candidate for Governor William J. Kelly (at the 7:20 mark) when Kelly tries to talk about "The Trust Act," Illinois' secret sanctuary state bill.

The bill passed the Illinois General Assembly on Memorial Day and it could become law in days. Media outlets in Illinois have refused to cover the "Trust Act" legislation and members of immigrant and refugee coalitions have stated publicly that the words "sanctuary state" were purposely kept out of the bill to prevent a public outcry. Illinois politicians, including Gov. Rauner, and Democrat and Republican members of the General Assembly, have also been "mum" on the legislation, which passed the Illinois Senate and the Illinois State House on Memorial Day. The legislation is awaiting Gov. Rauner's signature to become law.

Kelly is challenging anti-Trump Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois. For info, visit www.williamjkelly.org.


Saturday, July 15, 2017 9:47 PM

Kelly: Rauner has failed us, divided Illinois

William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Governor, says Bruce Rauner has failed Republicans and all Illinois voters. Worse yet, Kelly says Rauner has divided Illinois. Listen to Kelly's "House Divided" speech and learn the truth about what harm Bruce Rauner has caused to Illinois taxpayers and families. 

 


Wednesday, June 28, 2017 5:16 PM

Kelly says passage of Secret Illinois Sanctuary State Bill a Stab in the Back

The Illinois state house quietly passed the Illinois Trust Act, a sanctuary state bill, 62-49 recently. Not that a single Illinois voter knows about it - other than non-citizen "voters" being organized by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to lobby for its passage.

Illinois politicians have devised a legislative euphemism, the "Illinois Trust Act," to keep the bill quiet. In fact, ICIRR organizers say they intentionally avoided the word, "sanctuary." Perhaps Springfield pols fear the wrath of downstate voters who supported Donald Trump by 79% margins in blue state Illinois; if voters actually knew what was in the bill, there would be political hell to pay.

William J. Kelly, Republican candidate for Governor, has issued the following statement:

Illinois politicians passed this secret legislation on Memorial Day and it's the ultimate stab in the back to all the soldiers who gave their lives to keep America a sovereign country. Politicians, who want the illegal immigration vote, want to keep the Illinois Trust Act hush-hush. Gov. Rauner, a liberal Republican who is pals with Rahm Emanuel, is afraid to talk about the Trust Act and refuses to discuss it.

Supporters of this bill claim it will make immigrants feel more secure. But who has more of a right to feel secure in their own state? Illegal immigrants or legal citizens?

The Illinois Trust Act isn't intended to help legal citizens feel more secure; it is intended for people who are breaking laws and illegally siphoning welfare and medical benefits from the American citizens who need it most - the poor, the homeless, and the disabled.

This is a sanctuary state bill and Gov. Rauner is afraid of offending illegal immigrants, refugees, and their supporters? Too bad he's not as worried about offending U.S. citizens and Illinois voters - at least the legal ones.


Thursday, June 1, 2017 9:45 AM

Kelly: Gov. Rauner has failed Illinois taxpayers again

Statement from William J. Kelly: Rauner is costing taxpayers millions of dollars

Gov. Rauner has once again failed Illinois with his failure to pass a budget. He promised taxpayers he would end waste, fraud, and abuse in state government and yet he has never used his line item veto once. He promised Republican voters he would run the state like a business – not out of business.

As a result, Illinois taxpayers will owe hundreds of millions of dollars in interest payments on the state’s unpaid bills. Rauner has pledged to sign legislation to expand hate crime classifications, automatic voter registration, which raises voter fraud issues, and the Illinois Trust Act, a secret sanctuary state bill passed on Memorial Day. This is not what Gov. Rauner promised Illinois voters. 

If Governor Rauner won’t do his job, I will. 

 


Tuesday, May 9, 2017 12:00 AM

Rauner ducks Kelly's questions on Trump, Sanctuary State bill

 

Statement from William J. Kelly:

"Gov. Rauner refused to answer my questions on his lack of support for Pres. Trump, Illinois' new Sanctuary State legislation and whether he supports it. He also refused to answer any questions about the warehousing scandal with Frank Vala, the man he appointed to lead the Board of Procurement. If Gov. Rauner isn't going to answer my questions as a reporter, I will have to take my questions to a different arena."

 


Friday, May 5, 2017 12:00 AM

FLASHBACK: Think Twice About Illinois' Crony Republican Governor-Elect

I called this one back in 2014. 

On Friday, Gov. Rauner called out his Democrat rival J.B. Pritzker and his inherited wealth and claimed he had earned every penny of his millions. 

Read my original column in the American Spectator on Gov. Rauner's history of corrupt insider deals and crony politics. 


Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

It Looks Like Another Illegal Immigrant is Behind Brutal Murder

A Mexican national with a criminal history has been charged with the rape and strangulation death of young Tiffany Thrasher of Schaumburg, Illinois. 


Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Rauner worries Obamacare will be repealed

As President Donald Trump was celebrating the House win in the White House Rose Garden, Rauner said in a statement, “The bill that passed in the U.S. House today continues to be of deep concern to our administration.


Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Illinois senate votes to make Illinois a sanctuary state

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton's plan to protect undocumented immigrants from what proponents consider federal harassment has won approval.

The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 31-21 Thursday to approve the "TRUST Act." It prohibits local or state police from cooperating with federal authorities who are investigating immigrants but do not have a criminal warrant.


Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:00 AM

Man charged in strangulation death of Tiffany Thrasher

Schaumburg police said a man has been arrested in the strangling death of Tiffany Thrasher, 33, who was found dead in her apartment over the weekend.

Police have not released any details about the suspect or how he was captured, saying only he was arrested Wednesday and is male.


Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Mysterious warehouse deals costing taxpayers millions

A mostly empty warehouse at 2410 South Grand Avenue East in Springfield now holds neat rows of filing cabinets and pallets of paper records which belong to the Department of Human Services. The lease agreement binds Illinois to fulfill at least the first five years of the deal, which adds up to a minimum of $2.4 million.


Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:12 PM

KELLY: Rahm's crime speech is just a re-election speech

CHICAGO, Sept. 22, 2016 - Chicago has been branded “America’s murder capital and embattled Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making a major speech Thursday night at Malcolm X College to address the city’s violence epidemic.  

But Emanuel’s former 2015 GOP mayoral opponent William J. Kelly says Rahm’s speech is “five years too little and too late.” 


Friday, September 16, 2016 11:05 PM

Rahm's Opponent Lashes out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Kelly: This is Chicago's Brexit. Sadiq Khan has no right to tell Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton for President


Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:27 AM

Kelly to Make Major Campaign Announcement Monday

I want to hear what real people think of Gov. Rauner and his failed leadership in Illinois. When I ran against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, I busted the caps in the race and forced him into a historic runoff. He should have been defeated. However, Backstabbin' Bruce Rauner endorsed his longtime money buddy, Rahm. He claimed Rahm's "financial acumen" would spare Chicago a financial disaster.

Instead, Rahm has been Chicago's greatest financial and social disaster since the Great Chicago Fire and we have Bruce Rauner to thank.  

That's why I will be making an important campaign announcement on Monday.  


Friday, April 15, 2016 9:43 AM

KELLY: GOP's firing of committeemen is illegal, racist

For Rauner Republicans to decide who is a Republican is like Denny Hastert deciding who has family values. By the GOP’s new arbitrary rule, former Cook County GOP chairman Aaron Del Mar would have been disqualified as a committeeman for voting for Hillary Clinton in 2008.  In fact, many have questioned whether Del Mar and Sean Morrison, the new Cook County GOP chairman, are even Republicans. It’s a good thing Del Mar resigned because he, too, would have been fired under this new rule. 


Wednesday, April 6, 2016 10:19 AM

Kelly issues statement on 2018 Governor's race rumor

There’s a rumor going around that I’m already an announced candidate for governor against Bruce Rauner in 2018.   It’s true that I was planning to hold a news conference to discuss the disaster Rauner has been on jobs, education, and this state’s dire fiscal situation. Rauner has embarrassed himself with his recent primary losses. He has lost the moral high ground. 


Monday, December 21, 2015 7:12 PM

KELLY ENDORSES MARTER, CONDEMNS MARK KIRK

Former GOP mayoral candidate William J. Kelly has endorsed James Marter for U.S. Senate over Mark Kirk.


Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:50 PM

KELLY CALLS FOR IL GOP TO SUPPORT RAHM RECALL BILL

"The Illinois Republican Party needs to put the Governor's friendship and past business dealings with Mayor Emanuel aside and call for a wider corruption probe of City Hall and the Mayor's office. They need to support this recall legislation now and Gov. Rauner needs to sign it," says Kelly


Sunday, December 6, 2015 9:00 AM

Rahm's Problems Spread to White House

A firestorm is raging all over Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in the fight of his political life.

It is a fight Rahm might not survive. If he does survive, he will be damaged goods, unfit for voter consumption and big wigs at the DNC know it.

It’s only been a week since the late release of the Laquan McDonald police shooting video and the cracks in Emanuel’s once impervious political armor are visible. 

Last week, thousands of protesters clogged Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district. Ducking for cover, the Chicago City Council’s Black Caucus — which backed Emanuel for re-election — are now crying, “they were misled” about the video.

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/WilliamKelly/Media-Bias-Barack-Obama-Rahm-Emanuel/2015/12/03/id/704449/#ixzz3tYL4qadj 
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Saturday, December 5, 2015 9:42 AM

POLITICO: Rahm says he won't resign

Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday that he would not resign, despite growing criticism for what some are calling his botched response to video footage showing a Chicago police officer last year firing 16 times at Laquan McDonald, who was walking away from officers.

"No," he said, during one of several testy exchanges through the course of a nearly hour-long discussion with POLITICO's Mike Allen and POLITICO Illinois' Natasha Korecki. "Because I really so much looked forward to this interview and I wanted to have it. I just felt so good saying that to you. We have a process called the election. The voters spoke. I'll be held accountable for the decisions and actions that I make."


Wednesday, December 2, 2015 9:39 AM

SALON: Rahm's Nixon Moment

When Rahm Emanuel was a congressman, he was nicknamed “the Jewish LBJ,” not only for his ambition, but for his reputation as an amoral political animal focused only on power. Now that he’s facing his biggest crisis as mayor of Chicago – the coverup of a video showing a police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times – he’s looking much more like Richard Nixon.


Monday, November 30, 2015 12:00 AM

KELLY: Media as guilty as Rahm in Laquan cover-up

Here’s something else you should be angry about: Not one of Chicago’s major media outlets bothered to investigate the Laquan McDonald police shooting story even though they knew about it. The existence of the video was widely known by February of this year.

The question is a big, fat why?

It took a couple of independent journalists to submit the FOIA request (and a lawyer to file the lawsuit against the city) that resulted in the exposure of this terrible story.

One of the journalists, Brandon Smith, wasn’t even allowed into Mayor Emanuel’s press conference Tuesday because he “didn’t have the proper credentials” issued by the Chicago Police media department. If someone can find the codification of that specific media credentialing process in the Bill of Rights, please send me a link.

The Emanuel Administration tried desperately for 13 months to suppress this video. Rahm had his cronies in the Chicago City Council sneak a taxpayer-funded payoff of $5 million dollars to Laquan’s family without a lawsuit just days after his re-election last April.


Friday, November 27, 2015 9:38 AM

NY TIMES: Cover-Up in Chicago

THERE’S been a cover-up in Chicago. The city’s leaders have now brought charges against a police officer, Jason Van Dyke, for the first-degree murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. But for more than a year, Chicago officials delayed the criminal process, and might well have postponed prosecution indefinitely, had it not been for a state court forcing their hand.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015 9:46 AM

Ex-CPS Chief Barbara Byrd Bennett pleads guilty to federal corruption charges

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s last hand-picked schools chief plead guilty to wire fraud in federal court Tuesday before apologizing to the children, teachers and families of Chicago. 

“I am terribly sorry,” Barbara Byrd-Bennett said after her arraignment at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse. “They deserved much more. Much more than I gave to them.” 

Byrd-Bennett, 66, admitted to steering $23 million in Chicago Public Schools no-bid contracts to her former employer, a company called SUPES Academy. In return, she expected to get 10 percent of those contracts in the form of a signing bonus when she retired from the district’s top job. 


Sunday, May 24, 2015 10:03 AM

Dick Morris Stumps for Kelly in Chicago

Pics from Kelly's blowout event with Fox News commentator Dick Morris. 


Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:07 AM

Dick Morris Endorses William J. Kelly for Mayor

Watch Fox News commentator endorse William J. Kelly


Wednesday, November 5, 2014 11:26 AM

After busting caps, Kelly launches Dead Fish Blues ad spot against Rahm

After donating $100,000 to his campaign and busting the campaign limits in the race, Chicago mayoral candidate William J. Kelly is releasing his first TV ad spot, “Chicago’s Dead Fish Blues.” An Irish Catholic from Chicago’s 19th ward, Kelly is the only Republican candidate in the race against Emanuel. See the fishy, biting ad spot here.


Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:56 PM

#ChiMurderGate 2

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's idea of a "non-criminal death investigation"


Saturday, October 25, 2014 4:54 PM

#ChiMurderGate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's idea of a non-criminal death investigation. 


Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:00 AM

#ChiMurderGate 3

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's idea of a "non-criminal death investigation."


Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:42 PM

FOX INTERVIEWS WILLIAM J. KELLY FOR MAYOR

Fox Chicago's Mike Flannery interviews Rahm's GOP opponent William J. Kelly. Kelly donated $100,000 to his campaign and busted the caps in the race. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014 2:27 PM

William J. Kelly's $100K contribution lifts caps in Chicago mayoral race (VIDEO)

I don't need to match Rahm Emanuel dollar for dollar to win this race against Rahm and neither does Ald. Bob Fioretti.

Contrary to popular media belief, busting the caps does not help Rahm - he already has all the money he needs in this race. Rahm could have busted the caps himself but he didn't. By busting the campaign caps, I have now leveled the playing field in this race. Now if any donor or corporation or PAC wants to defeat Rahm Emanuel - they have the opportunity to donate to my campaign without limitation.  


Tuesday, October 14, 2014 11:16 AM

Help Bill Kelly get on the mayoral ballot to beat Rahm

Watch Bill Kelly's video here and find out how you can help him get on the Chicago mayoral ballot to beat Rahm Emanuel. It's easy. Do it today!

 

 


Monday, October 13, 2014 2:53 PM

Match my $100K Donation to Defeat Rahm Emanuel

We have a historic opportunity to reclaim the City of Chicago from the clutches of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014 1:33 PM

VIDEO: William J Kelly launches the #deadfishchallenge, calls out Jimmy Fallon

William J. Kelly for Chicago launches the "Deadfish" viral video challenge. Calls out Jimmy Fallon for first challenge. #gotdeadfish?


Tuesday, September 9, 2014 2:04 PM

William Kelly fires up Ukrainian Village Fest audience

It was a beautiful day and an amazing crowd at Ukrainian Village Fest!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014 2:01 PM

New Ad: Chicago's very own

The William Kelly for Mayor campaign has released a new internet ad: "Chicago's very own."


Thursday, September 4, 2014 12:58 PM

Garry McCarthy meets Red Light Rahm (VIDEO)

Chicago Police superintendent Garry McCarthy meets Red Light Rahm. William J. Kelly for Mayor says the Red Light camera program should be suspended until the investigations are completed. He promises to end the program if elected. 


Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:25 PM

Kelly issues debate challenge to Rahm, McCarthy on murder rate

KELLY ISSUES DEBATE CHALLENGE: 

"Because Rahm is afraid to answer questions or debate this issue, I am more than happy to debate the crime, statistics, strategy, and concealed carry with Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy any time, any place, and anywhere."  - William J. Kelly


Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:37 PM

Kelly kicks off Chicago mayoral petition drive

Help William J. Kelly make it Chicago again! Download the petition and help his campaign today!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:25 PM

Rahm, Chicago officials worried about red light camera scandal


Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:24 PM

BREAKING: Red Light Camera Firm CEO indicted for wirefraud, bribes


Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:24 AM

KELLY SAYS SLAMS RAHM EMANUEL'S PHONEY TAX, SAYS PROPERTY TAX HIKES ARE COMING

What this Mayor does not understand is that there is not a wall built around the city to keep taxpayers in. Today, it’s a phone tax. In February 2015, if Rahm is re-elected, it will be a property tax increase and the taxpayers will leave.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:34 AM

VIDEO: Kelly slams Bruce Rauner's Uber nonsense

Kelly speaks out against politicians like Rahm Emanuel and his pal Bruce Rauner for their support of the illegal ride-share company Uber and questions their financial interest in the firm. 


Saturday, July 26, 2014 7:24 AM

Read William Kelly's statement on the Uber cronyism of Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Rauner

Read William J. Kelly's official statement on the crony politics of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his close pal Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner from Friday's press conference.


Friday, July 25, 2014 2:01 PM

Kelly issues statement condemning Rahm, Rauner's uber cronyism

Mayoral candidate William Kelly will make a statement calling out the cronyism of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner in their support for the rideshare behemoth Uber.


Friday, July 18, 2014 2:46 PM

KELLY: Rahm's red light camera program must be suspended

"Today, I am calling for the immediate suspension of Mayor Emanuel's red light camera program until this matter is investigated and the results released to the public."


Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:25 PM

Kelly campaign issues statement on Toni Preckwinkle's decision not to run for Mayor

Toni Preckwinkle's heartfelt statement reinforcing her commitment to the people of Cook County and Chicago is more proof that she would have been a great alternative to what we have now. 

Although I don't agree with some of her policy positions, I've never questioned or doubted Toni Preckwinkle's sincerity. When it comes to running a city like Chicago, a person's sincerity counts for something. Something important.  


Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:20 PM

Chicago Travel Advisory: Mayor Emanuel has lost control of the city

KELLY ISSUES CHICAGO TRAVEL WARNING IN RESPONSE TO MONTROSE BEACH RIOT“

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has lost control of our city. No area is safe,” Kelly says


Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1:12 AM

RECALL RAHM EMANUEL: SIGN AND SHARE THE PETITION NOW

Demand Rahm Emanuel resign from office and sign the petition to recall him. 


Thursday, June 26, 2014 7:23 AM

RAHM CHOOSES BILLIONAIRE OVER CHICAGOANS WITH GEORGE LUCAS LAKEFRONT THEFT

“If billionaire Lucas needs a storage unit for his junk, he should pay for it,” Kelly says


Tuesday, June 24, 2014 11:50 AM

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: William J. Kelly launches mayoral campaign

William Kelly rips Rahm on Uber, red light cameras, the murder rate and more. Click here for Kelly's full campaign announcement video for Mayor of Chicago against Emanuel. 


Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:43 AM

DICK MORRIS: Time to stop Rahm Emanuel before it's too late

Former White House advisor and NY Times best selling author Dick Morris joins Chicagoans in their fight to defeat Mayor Rahm Emanuel on June 20 at the Palomar Hotel. 


Sunday, June 15, 2014 10:27 AM

SAVE THE DATE: Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Candle Light Vigil

Save the date for this wonderful event to honor the memories of our city's heroes. This candle light vigil takes place on June 16 at Gold Star Memorial Park in Chicago.

 


Tuesday, June 10, 2014 11:35 AM

KELLY: Rahm is more concerned about Hillary, Jimmy Fallon than Chicago

"Rahm’s spending his time with Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President and yukking it up onJimmy Fallon.  He doesn’t really care about Chicago. Rahm is only a part-time mayor," Kelly says.


Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:19 PM

Watch Chicagoans sound-off on Rahm (VIDEO)


Tuesday, June 3, 2014 5:40 PM

William J. Kelly to Announce He's Running for Mayor Against Rahm on June 20th

"Chicago is a real city and deserves a real Mayor.  We need a Mayor who cares more about clean, safe streets than doing fundraisers for Hillary Clinton and appearing on the Jimmy Fallon Show," Kelly says. 


Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:33 AM

William J. Kelly Joins Dick Morris for a Major Chicago Event

RSVP for this amazing event. You won't want to miss this! http://www.williamjkelly.org/events


Saturday, May 3, 2014 11:05 AM

Daily Caller: Reporter grills Rahm: Should CNN series be considered a campaign contribution?

A reporter grilled Democratic Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday about whether CNN’s favorable “Chicagoland” documentary series about the Emanuel administration should be considered an in-kind campaign contribution to the mayor’s re-election efforts.


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