William J. Kelly is a producer of Emmy award-winning TV, a media strategist, columnist, and entrepreneur. He is
A graduate of Loyola University, he studied at Loyola's Rome Center and traveled throughout Europe. While in Rome, he had the good fortune of meeting Saint John Paul II. He says meeting Saint John Paul II inspired him to a life of service.
After graduation, Kelly became the Executive Director of Taxpayers United of Illinois, a taxpayer watchdog group. In 1994, he ran for Congress in the First Congressional District against Rep. Bobby Rush, the former Defense Minister of the Black Panther Party. Kelly exposed the fact that the congressman owed $50,000 in back taxes and unpaid child support.
During that time, Kelly also launched RevDigital, an Emmy award-winning production company, The company has produced programs on FOX, Comcast Sportsnet, ION, and Tribune Networks to name a few.
In 2010, Kelly ran for Illinois Comptroller on a platform of “exposing insider deals” and making government “more transparent.” He came in second in a tough three-way primary battle against incumbent Judy Baar Topinka.
In 2014, he busted the campaign finance caps in the Chicago mayoral race, forcing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a first-ever historic run-off election. In 2018, Kelly teamed up with former Gov. Pat Quinn on a mayoral term limit referendum which would have limited Emanuel to two mayoral terms.
In addition to producing award-winning TV, Kelly currently writes for Daily Caller, Huffington Post, Newsmax, and the American Spectator on the news, entertainment, and politics.