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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

Thank you and God Bless you and God Bless the State of Illinois.

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