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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. 

(@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 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! 


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 and sign-up as a volunteer.

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CONTACT: Amy Olson 312-768-8683 or by email at For more information, visit

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 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.

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